June 28, 2013

Suspect Has 9-1-1 Called on Himself After Being Caught Trying to Break Into Parked Cars

In police work, we oftentimes see where the unusually warm weather can cause interesting behavior.  

In the most unusual call of the day, officers responded to CVS on Front Street for a suspicious person inside the store.  Mr. Thomas Wingo asked the staff to call 9-1-1 on his behalf.  

It turns out that Mr. Wingo was caught in the act of trying door handles and shining a flashlight into parked cars in the parking lot.  The good citizen witness confronted Mr. Wingo and he fled into the store.  The good citizen was waiting outside for Mr. Wingo when he decided to basically call the police on himself. 

Mr. Wingo was arrested for tampering with vehicles and being under the influence of drugs and, of course, violating his probation.   

A little history on Mr. Wingo shows he was arrested 14 times in 2012 for offenses including trespassing, theft, burglary and under the influence of drugs.  So far he has been arrested 5 times in 2013 for similar crimes.  Mr. Wingo identifies his address as transient.  

Here is Mr. Wingo's booking photo from last night:

He has also been known to look like this:

 Many thanks to the good citizen for stopping what likely would have been a number of thefts from parked cars.  

This is a great example of why you need to keep your cars closed and locked up, even in this hot weather.