Turlock police arrested an aggressive panhandler in the Target shopping center on Wednesday after he was found with several active felony and misdemeanor warrants, including possession of methamphetamine and furnishing alcohol to minors.
Barney Wallace, 60, was contacted by officers for aggressive panhandling at approximately 7:43 p.m. in the Target shopping center located at 3000 Countryside Dr.
When contacted by officers, Wallace was found to have several active felony and misdemeanor warrants, including three warrants for possession of a controlled substance, one warrant for possession of methamphetamine, one warrant for furnishing alcohol to minors, and a warrant for a municipal code violation out of Modesto for illegally being in a park between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Wallace was arrested and booked for the warrants.
Recently the Turlock Police Department has been taking a stance against aggressive panhandlers, with an ordinance passing in January to help Turlockers feel safer while conducting their business.
The ordinance makes it illegal for panhandlers to intentionally touch, block, follow, or use threatening gestures toward a person. Panhandlers are also no longer allowed to panhandle within 15 feet of any entrance or exit to a bank, credit union, or check cashing business, nor are they allowed to solicit within 15 feet of any automated bank machine.