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Burglary Suspect Gives Shoutout to Fla. With Face Tattoo

But it was his neck tattoo that busted him
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2016 3:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Florida man who's either seen The Shining one too many times or is being paid by a rum distillery to promote product was arrested Monday for a burglary reported in March—and it was his body ink that did him in, the Sun Sentinel reports. Cops say surveillance video showed 25-year-old Johnathan Hewett breaking into a house in West Palm Beach on March 21, with the stolen items including a fake Rolex, a real Michael Kors watch, and a gun, the Palm Beach Post reports. Clearly shown in the video, however, was the suspect's "redrum" neck tattoo (in a meta twist, Hewett also has the state of Florida inked onto his temple, which likely also stood out).

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For non-Shining devotees, the detective who wrote up the report added some context to Hewett's neck ink, writing, "The tattoo is on the left side of his neck and reads RED RUM. If you reverse the letters, it spells the word 'Murder.'" Investigators were able to match the tatted man in the video with Hewett based on an ID from the homeowner (he'd met Hewett before) and info found in the Palm Beach County Jail's tattoo database. Hewett was arrested on charges of burglary, grand theft, and possession of a weapon by a felon, as he'd been in prison before for a robbery conviction and other weapons-related charges. (His tats were way more subtle than this guy's.)

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