Fugitive Christopher Spaulding is now safely in the custody of Georgia’s Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Here’s another one for the “criminal stupidity” file. Wanted criminals might want to think twice before replying to a Facebook post pointing out an apparent slight.
Fugitive dares arrest
When 40-year-old wanted fugitive Christopher Spaulding scanned the Facebook page for the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office, east of Atlanta, Georgia, he noticed an apparent typo.
His name was missing from November’s “Most Wanted List.” Spaulding was thoughtful enough to call the oversight to their attention. “How about me,” he posted. Using his real account.
In Georgia, they round up every fugitive they can find, whether they’re on the “most wanted” list or not. They appreciated his diligent correction of the omission and wanted to thank him for it personally.
Christopher Spaulding just wanted to know why he didn't make the cut. https://t.co/zSEol1fIBL
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) December 2, 2022
The department quickly issued an update. “You are correct you have two warrants, we are on the way.” He missed that message and was there to answer the door.
Later on Thursday, Rockdale police posted Spaulding’s booking snapshot. He was logged in wearing a fashionably supportive Georgia Bulldogs hoodie and hat. The former fugitive seemed comfortable in cuffs. The warrants he had been evading were both for Felony Violation of Probation.
His cooperation will be noted but that won’t stop him from going back to the pokey on his former sentence. The judge will probably tack on extra time for evading the law. He may have outed himself but it wasn’t intentional. If maybe he had walked into a station to turn himself in, that might count in his favor, but he didn’t.
Appreciate the assistance
The county’s overworked deputies wanted to voice their gratitude for making their work easier. “We appreciate you for your assistance in your capture!” The Sheriff’s Office also took the opportunity to remind every wanted fugitive that being left off the “most wanted” list “isn’t a get-out-of-jail-free card.”
Just that they are looking for others ahead of you. If they happen to spot you out roaming the neighborhood, they’ll snag you faster than you can say “Miranda.”
“Our Top 10 is compiled based off of the severity of the charges only. By not being on this list does not mean our Fugitive Unit is not looking for you if you have an active warrant.”
— Kilgore Trout (@Kilgore73862013) November 24, 2022
Recently, another criminal was arrested for lack of planning and foresight. Pro-tip, never rob a bank using the back of your birth certificate for the teller note.
Michael Conley Loyd is facing prison now, News Hour First writes, “and could end up seeing at least a year or so of it, because last summer the 30-year-old decided robbing the Springfield, Missouri Bank of America branch was a good way to ‘prove a point’ to his lover.”
Police aren’t saying so but the point he might have been trying to prove may have been that retail theft of the same amount isn’t even a crime anymore. Robbing a bank isn’t retail theft. It made him a federal fugitive. He wasn’t on the run for long, and cooperated fully once caught.