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This Thief Brings The Term 'Crime Doesn't Pay' To A Whole New Level

Alphonso Terry Whitelaw has been christened as a terrible thief after he was caught stealing from an apparel store in Minnesota, just hours after being receiving a stayed sentence on a charge of misdemeanor theft in court on 21 February 2017. Shortly after the verdict, employees at a St Paul Sears store noticed the 32-year-old when he entered a change room with a large pile of clothing and quickly exited with the clothing concealed under his hoodie.

Mr. Whitelaw is currently being charged with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and another count of second-degree assault when he attempted to steal the clothing and threatened employees with a knife, hissing “Don’t touch me” after being confronted by an employee at the clothing store. Unfortunately for Mr. Whitelaw, he left his Dakota County District Court sentencing papers in the change room, along with a love letter to his wife, promising he was going to “put a ring on it”. The presence of the papers seemed almost too obvious to investigating police who initially suspected they might be a red herring. However, the authorities soon realized that it was a lucky break and used the letters and mugshots from Mr. Whitelaw’s prior convictions to identify the recently sentence criminal on store video cameras.

This recent criminal act is not the first-time Mr. Whitelaw has been implicated in robbery, threatening behavior and other criminal enterprises. After his most recent crime, police examined his criminal history and found a myriad of convictions, including theft, borderline threats of terrorism, possession of controlled substances, domestic assault, fleeing a police officer and check forgery. With the addition of his latest shoplifting stunt and his recent sentencing, Mr. Whitelaw will be facing further charges of aggravated robbery and assault as well as misdemeanor theft charges. The incident has garnered widespread attention on the internet with many online commenters highlighting the absurdity of the situation.

Source: New York Post
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