Deputies say Henry Dixon was on the run for over a year. But greed and a grand theft warrant finally caught up with him.
"It’s like our parents taught us nothing was for free, but it’s like the old Eagles song, the lure of easy money," said Major John Newman of the Tampa Police Department.
Officers mailed letters offering the fugitives over 650 dollars in free government stimulus money.
They were told to call a storefront office set up by police, to confirm their appointments and pick up their checks.
Felony fugitives wanted on everything from drugs to armed robbery charges were living proof in shackles and handcuffs that if a deal sounds like it’s too good to be true it likely is.
Officers and handcuffs waited in a back room.
Jesus Cavazos, wanted for felony criminal mischief was among the first, and you couldn't say he was a satisfied customer.
Cavazos also objected to the cops checking out his tattoos, suspicious he was a gang member.
The sting went on for two days, with over 34 arrests and some funny moments.
"A female we arrested still wanted to know if she could get her money," said Major Newman.
Others not on the fugitive list heard about the free money and even started calling in to see if they could get some
Authorities say the operation actually saved taxpayer money, since the fugitives came to the police instead of the other way around.
"All it cost us was a 44-cent stamp, “said Major Newman.
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