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Kevin Powers | PoliceLink

Deputy Foils Getaway on Motorized Wal-Mart Shopping Cart

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SPRING HILL, FL — It was a getaway that didn’t get very far.

When a Hernando County sheriff’s deputy spotted Jeremiah Reardon at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Reardon was cruising south on Mariner Boulevard.

The chase didn’t last very long, and was definitely of the slow-speed variety.

Reardon was piloting a motorized shopping cart that he allegedly stole from a Wal-Mart, according to a police report. He was waving a small flashlight in the darkness both as a headlight and as a way to flag down a passing motorist so he could ask for a lift in a somewhat faster vehicle.

The only ride Reardon, 27, was able to snare was to the Hernando County Jail in the back of a police cruiser.

An employee of the Wal-Mart on Cortez Boulevard told deputies she saw Reardon drive the cart off of the store’s property from a rear entrance and head toward Mariner Boulevard, a short distance away. Two store employees ran after him and tried to detain him until deputies arrived.

Reardon told deputies he took the $2,500 shopping cart only because he had a broken leg and couldn’t get a ride to his home on Santee Street in Spring Hill.

A search of Reardon yielded a dozen methadone tablets in a small canister. Deputies said the pills had been prescribed to Reardon’s mother.

Reardon faces charges of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, and probation violations. He remains in the Hernando County Jail without bond.

[St. Petersburg Times via YellowBrix]

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    Earnestine

    over 5 years ago

    44 Comments

    WOW!

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    robocop1011

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    Like the old saying , A whiskey glass and a woman a** has been a many man's down fall , nothing againtest women , forgive me !

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    graske

    over 5 years ago

    138 Comments

    That is as dumb as three robbery suspects pulling over a squad to ask directions on how to get back to Chicago from the suburb they just committed the robbery in.

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    Jideboy

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Interesting

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    FapFap

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    so it took 300 cops to catch this guy?

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    bravokilo85

    over 5 years ago

    86 Comments

    I love these stories. Reminds us that choices can be made everywhere...even really, really dumb ones.

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    Slappy23

    over 5 years ago

    158 Comments

    What about the McDonald's chicken nugget call? Still some great stories here!

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    leo52011

    over 5 years ago

    608 Comments

    What about the guy who used Duct Tape to cover his face to rop a gas station? That one beats all of these to me.

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    kjunk509

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Well it makes it easy for his prison nickname...Stoolie

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    Sara837

    over 5 years ago

    328 Comments

    These were funny. The McDonald's guy should (and is) get into trouble for using 911 for the wrong reason! I personally liked the tape-faced bank robber! What an idiot! lmao

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    SlimNubster

    over 5 years ago

    34 Comments

    McDonald's call is just ridiculous.

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    celiatmw

    over 5 years ago

    46 Comments

    I didn't know shopping carts were $2500!! Dang!

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    rlague

    over 5 years ago

    1210 Comments

    I think this is classis...this seems like the redneck drunk thing some idiots would do in my area

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    Silky1

    over 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    I'd like to know what part of broken glass, screen and door is not considered malicious (laugh)!

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    Deltaman01

    over 5 years ago

    330 Comments

    wow...just wow...

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