Keg-stealing culprit, Charles Daymont, crashes into cop car during getaway attempt

4:15 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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Lakeland, Florida-- A Wimauma man was arrested in Lakeland Wednesday for stealing and selling empty keg shells, but officials say he racked-up more charges when he crashed into a patrol car as he tried to get away...

According to Polk County Sheriff's officials, it all began on June 16 when surveillance cameras spotted 42-year-old Charles Daymont stealing kegs from outdoor storage areas at the Carabba's and Bonefish Grill restaurants in south Lakeland.

Initially, officials only knew the keg-stealing culprit was a white man around 6-feet-tall, with a shaved head and a red SUV, but they made progress when a man with the same description sold the stolen shells to a nearby Beverage Castle.

Weeks went by, but deputies finally received a tip Wednesday that the same man would be back at the Beverage Castle with eight more beer kegs. 

Deputies say it wasn't long after setting up surveillance that they spotted and confronted Daymont, who reportedly admitted to stealing the first four kegs, but said he got the other eight stolen kegs from a friend. 

It isn't clear what happened next, but sometime between the confession and the arrest, deputies say Daymont tried to getaway, and rammed into a patrol car that tried to stop him. 

Though no one was injured, the escapade added fleeing to elude, aggravated battery on an officer and driving without a valid license charges to the original charges of burglary, theft and dealing in stolen property. 

Daymont was taken to the Polk County jail where he is reportedly being held without bond. 

Deputies also say this isn't Dayton's first run-in with the law. He apparently was on inmate release status for possession of cocaine, has outstanding arrest warrants from Tennessee, and was most recently released from Hillsborough County Jail in February for grand theft, burglary and robbery. 

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