As inconvenient as snow can be, it certainly helped deliver some instant justice to this wannabe shoplifter. A North Dakota man is facing felony charges after he tried to escape a Hobby Lobby with a cart full of purloined goods, only to get his cart stuck in the snow long enough for police to catch up with him.
Dustin Johnson, a 22-year-old from Minot, was slapped with felony shoplifting charges after he staked out the arts and crafts retailer for seven hours and accumulated a whopping $4,000 in merchandise inside one shopping cart, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
At around 7:00 pm on Wednesday night, Johnson finally spotted the opportunity to make his grand escape. He wheeled the loaded shopping cart right past the cashiers and tried to navigate the misbegotten merchandise to his getaway vehicle.
Instead of making a graceful escape, though, Johnson only managed to overturn the shopping cart. He then tripped and fell, causing him to leave the cart behind and flee on foot.
As luck would have it, though, Johnson’s wallet flew out of his pocket and landed right near where he fell. Police looked inside, found a photo ID that matched the description of the shoplifting suspect, and showed up at his home to arrest him. The universe really didn’t want this guy to get away with it.
Johnson is now facing a maximum of five years behind bars and/or a fine of up to $5,000 – and given his luck so far, it won’t come as a shock if the judge opts for a severe sentence.