Escaped Inmate Steals Car After Posing for Photos With It at Dealership

Louisiana cops say Shane Paul Thomas stole a Mustang after walking away from transitional housing.

A Louisiana man is back in the slammer after cops say he escaped custody, posed for a photo with a convertible at a used car lot and then stole the vehicle. 

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's said Office Shane Paul Thomas walked away from transitional housing on Wednesday.

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The 30-year-old strolled out of the minimum security complex just before midnight, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Upon discovering that the inmate was missing, the sheriff's office conducted an extensive search was conducted for Thomas in the immediate and surrounding areas and issued a warrant for simple escape.

Then, on Thursday morning, Thomas allegedly visited Posh Pre-Owned in Lafayette, where staff said he took a photo with a white 2015 Mustang.

Cops say Thomas, who was wearing a "Posh" t-shirt in the photo, then drove away in the car.

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On Thursday evening, Thomas was reportedly in the Mustang and still wearing the "Posh" shirt in the parking lot of a Dollar General store, where he was arrested by officers from the Rayne Police Department.

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