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Victim of theft ends up in jail
BY KEITH EPPS
A Fredericksburg man's night went from bad to worse Monday after someone snatched his wallet, police said.
William Gregory Shelton, 39, was arrested after police responding to a call about the theft of Shelton's wallet learned he was wanted in Caroline County for violating a court order.
Shelton was placed in jail, and his wallet is still missing.
According to city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe, Shelton was at the Hard Times Cafe at 314 Jefferson Davis Highway about 8 p.m. when his girlfriend suggested that he give two men a ride home.
As soon as the men got into Shelton's truck, Bledsoe said, one of them grabbed the wallet from the dashboard, and both took off, running up Princess Anne Street.
Shelton chased them on foot for a few blocks but couldn't catch up. They got away with less than $100 and Shelton's credit cards, among other things.
Police were called, and after checking Shelton in the computer, an officer learned he was wanted in Caroline for failing to comply with court-ordered drug screening and a substance abuse program.
He was jailed under a $5,000 bond.
The two men who ran from the vehicle were described as white males. The one who took the wallet was described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 pounds and wearing a white shirt. Neither Shelton nor his girlfriend knew their names, police said.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404