Philadelphia Man Released From Prison Steals Car Right From Jail Parking Lot

You’d think serving time on any charge would help one understand that a life free of crime is preferable to being locked away. That clearly doesn’t apply to a Pennsylvania man.
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He was freed from jail earlier this week after serving a sentence on drug charges, and the first thing he did was steal a car – right from the parking lot of the jail he had just walked out of minutes before. This smart man’s name is Thomas Lee Williams, 36, and he didn’t get far, in case you’re wondering.

ABC6 Action News reports that Williams had served time at the Westmoreland County Prison. As he was walking away from the prison, he noticed an elderly woman and her grandson, and he approached and stole her car.

He didn’t get too far, though. In his rush to escape the police, he crashed his getaway car about 15 minutes later, which is when he got out of the wreck and tried to flee on foot. He was eventually apprehended in the woods, the report notes, citing the police report.

Police say the man “saw an opportunity and he took it.” That mistake has landed him behind bars once more: he’s currently being held on a $250,000 bail bond. The high amount is indicative of his violent past: ABC6 says he pleaded guilty in January 2017 on drug charges, for which he was sentenced to jail.

The woman and her grandson were taken to the hospital for investigations. The report doesn’t mention whether they were injured in the attack or what their current condition might be.

As stupid a thing as stealing a car right from the jail parking lot after you’re released might be, it’s not the first time someone does it: in October this year, a Kansas man pulled the exact same stunt. The difference in his case was that he didn’t assault anyone to take the car, he found an empty one and broke into it.


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