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Shoplifter Located and Arrested After Leaving Behind Rear Bumper and License Plate

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It's the things you leave behind that hurt you the most. Or get you arrested.   Photo: desiflickr

It’s the things you leave behind that hurt you the most. Or get you arrested.
Photo: desiflickr

One Georgia resident’s attempt to steal merchandise from a Florida mall didn’t work out so well when he left behind incriminating evidence.  What was the evidence? Only an entire rear bumper and license plate.

According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, Devin Ramoe Stokes, a 20-year-old Augusta resident, was arrested last Wednesday after police were able to locate him using a license plate he left behind fleeing the scene of the crime.

Wednesday evening around 9pm, Okaloosa County police officers received a call reporting a theft at the Santa Rosa Mall. Police were told that two men had stolen a $300 purse form Dillard’s.

Guys can like purses too. Just ask Tinky Winky. Photo: Eva Young

Guys can like purses too. Just ask Tinky Winky.
Photo: Eva Young

A deputy was sent out to investigate. It didn’t take long for the officer to spot a black sedan matching the getaway vehicle’s description driving 55 mph in a 25 mph zone. What followed was an extremely brief car chase.

During the pursuit, Stokes ran into several mail boxes, which resulted in the loss of his entire rear bumper. Police obtained the lost bumper and discovered it still had the license plate attached. They used this damning evidence to track Stokes down.

Officers soon found Stokes and the stolen “bag” inside his Augusta home. Stokes was charged with larceny and fleeing and attempting to elude an officer.

The mugshot of Devin Ramoe Stokes Photo: Okaloosa County Police

The mugshot of Devin Ramoe Stokes
Photo: Okaloosa County Police

The vehicle’s passenger, 19-year-old Payne Gooden, was also identified. He provided a sworn statement that Stokes was the shoplifter.

Stokes apologized to officers. He also revealed he didn’t have a license. After his getaway attempt, he didn’t have a license plate either.

News Source: The Northwest Florida Daily News