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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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    Silky1

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    What? No tree branches / leaves?

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    Silky1

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    I almost pee'd myself laughing at this one!

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    Silky1

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    I hope they fine the heck out of people like this.

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    Silky1

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    Unreal!

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    sandybell

    about 5 years ago

    16 Comments

    so cool, I also work at walmart since I retired from Law enforcement, glad to see one of them caught . Good job guys

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    Anonymous

    about 5 years ago

    The guy with the Bud Light case over his head could have made for an interesting Halloween costume.

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    impoundguy

    about 5 years ago

    372 Comments

    Sort of like the guy who went into a bank to rob it and wrote the demand letter on the back of his checking deposit slip.....I guess IF they were smart they would have real jobs.

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    miranda8850

    about 5 years ago

    84 Comments

    YEP, We have all had to deal with them, at one time or another in our careers. They are out there and they are reproducing!!!!!

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    knottlena

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    It is really hard to believe that people can be so dumb, lol. Thank God for the dumb people making police officers jobs easier and also giving us all something to laugh at.

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    Anonymous

    about 5 years ago

    Reminds me of the time a "town drunk" with no licence got stopped for driving his tractor while drunk. He lost the use of that too! True story!

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    knottlena

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Who sits around and thinks about how to make this stuff. Really!

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    impoundguy

    about 5 years ago

    372 Comments

    It is my understand that the "BSOMF" are a renegade motorcycle gang taking over the local pubs, stealing bar stools and terrorizing Assisted Living Facilities..
    Bar Stool Outlaw Mother F#$kers need to be stopped at all costs.

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    postal1

    about 5 years ago

    262 Comments

    "He was described as skinny, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and square-headed."

    Which was probably empty at the time! LOL

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    roneg47

    about 5 years ago

    72 Comments

    If motorized Bar Stools are outlawed, then only OUTLAWS will have motorized Bar Stools!

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