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Dead Battery Thwarts Walmart Scooter Getaway

Suspect nabbed trying to recharge hot cart

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Walmart Scooter Heist

AUGUST 20--After boosting a Walmart “electric courtesy cart” from a store in St. Petersburg, a tipsy Florida Man drove the hot wheels nearly a mile before cops apprehended him as he tried to recharge the cart at a gas station, police report.

John Davis, 59, is jailed on a felony grand theft charge in connection with his alleged swiping of the $1500 vehicle late Saturday evening.

Cops allege that Davis rode the cart “off of Walmart property and continued riding it approximately one mile east” of the retailer. An arrest affidavit does not indicate where Davis--who lives in Palmetto, 20 miles from the Walmart store--was headed around 10:30 PM. Additionally, the court filing does not say how he got to the store in the first place.

After Walmart workers alerted cops to the cart theft, police located Davis at a nearby Wawa, where he was attempting to recharge the cart via a “gas station electrical outlet.”

Seen above, Davis reportedly told cops that he was riding a stolen vehicle. According to the arrest affidavit, “The defendant was intoxicated.”

Davis is being held in the county jail in lieu of $2000 bond. (1 page)