Escaped Inmate Arrested After Stealing Car From Lafayette Dealership, Posing For Photo In Their T-Shirt [UPDATED]
A local Lafayette dealership is asking for your help after an escaped inmate allegedly drove off in one of their vehicles without paying for it.
UPDATE: According to our media partner at KATC, police have located and arrested Shane Paul Thomas at Dollar General in Rayne.
Facebook user Brooke Guilbeau posted a photo to Facebook claiming that the man pictured drove the white 2015 Mustang convertible he is standing next to off their lot just before noon at POSH PreOwned on Ambassador Caffery without paying for it.
The man in the picture is escaped inmate Shane Paul Thomas, and according to Lafayette Police Thomas escaped from a Transitional Housing Unit around 11:50 pm on September 14. Thomas, originally incarcerated on theft and drug charges currently has an active warrant out for his arrest.
According to POSH PreOwned, Thomas attempted to trade in a stolen vehicle, filled out all the paperwork and even took the above photo wearing a POSH t-shirt after posing with employees before driving off in the white 2015 Ford Mustang convertible tagged with POSH plates.
HE SIGNED ALL THE PAPER WORK WE TOOK THE PICTURES THEN HE WENT OUTSIDE TO MOVE HIS CAR WHILE WE WERE WAITING FOR "HIS WIFE" TO BRING THE CASHIER CHECK ... HE RAN TO THE MUSTANG AND SPEED OFF AFTER THE OWNER MADE A FEW CALLS FOUND OUT WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF HIM LEAVING THAT HE HAD ESCAPED FROM JAIL
What's scary is that he took a test drive with a POSH PreOwned employee before making his solo getaway.
Anyone with information on the possible whereabouts of Shane Paul Thomas can call 911, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-236-5895, or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 337-232-8477.