Whoops! Uptown man arrested after reporting “burglary” that turned out to be aftermath of a search warrant

Jarius Groves and some of the narcotics that police say they recovered from his home. | CPD

An Uptown man who called 911 to report a burglary to his apartment wound up being arrested by responding officers Thursday evening. It turns out his home had not been burglarized, it had been turned upside down during execution of a search warrant while he was away, according to police records.

Jarius “J-Groove” Groves, 35, called 911 around 10:30 last night to report that his apartment in the 900 block of West Leland had been “broken into and ransacked.” When dispatchers assigned the call to a police unit, other officers immediately recognized the address. They had just finished searching the apartment on a narcotics warrant.

Police met near Groves’ home to strategize, then moved in to address his “burglary.”

Cops who met him on his porch confirmed Groves’ ID and then broke the bad news to him. He was under arrest.

According to court records, Judge Marvin Luckman signed a warrant Thursday morning giving cops the green light to search Groves’ apartment for narcotics based on a tip from an unnamed source. The warrant was executed around 8:30 p.m. while Groves was away.

Officers recovered scales, baggies, safes, about thirteen ounces of pot worth $2,200 and 23 grams of cocaine worth $2,900 from Groves’ apartment during the raid, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Groves with Class X Felon manufacture-delivery of cocaine; felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis; misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was due in bond court on Friday.
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