Police to Shoplifting Suspect: 'Please at Least Try to Hide'

Guy left his driver's license info and a fingerprint
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2016 11:50 AM CST
A pawn shop is shown.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – A man in Marietta, Ga., filled out a pawn ticket right before allegedly shoplifting from a pawn shop. That means he left the clerk with all of his driver's license information and even a fingerprint ... during a transaction that was caught entirely on camera. The Marietta Police Department had a little fun in an open letter posted to the not-so-sly suspect on the department's Facebook page Monday, the day of the theft. "A request to the gentleman who shoplifted from one of our local pawn shops today," the letter reads. "Please at least try to hide. ... When you make it this easy it takes all the fun out of chasing bad guys!"

The following day, the PD posted an update: "Fortunately (for us) he turned out to be just as bad at hide & seek as he is at stealing. He was picked up by our Morning Watch Officers after a search, it was quite short.... We also found all of his drugs and the stolen property he took from the pawn shop!" Suspect Dale Jonathan Tice, who was found at a local motel, is being held on drug and theft charges, CNN reports. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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