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Police: Man Accused Of Shoplifting Claims To Be ‘sovereign Being’

January 10, 2018 GMT

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A wanted man accused of shoplifting at Wegmans Market on Monday told arresting officers he was a “sovereign being” who didn’t have to produce his identification, township police say.

Back at the police station, the man refused to allow police to use a fingerprint scanner to identify him, they say.

Eventually, police determined the man to be Antoine Dodson, a 32-year-old from Wilkes-Barre who had three warrants for his arrest, police said.

Police say Dodson stole $71.63 in merchandise from Wegmans then fled in a black Hyundai.

Officers spotted the fleeing car, which continued to flee before the driver eventually stopped on Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre, police said.

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That’s when police say Dodson refused to cooperate because he’s a “sovereign being.”

Dodson was charged with retail theft, fleeing police, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license.

Police said Dodson had three warrants for his arrest, two from the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and one from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department. Court records show he was arrested for disorderly conduct in September and harassment in August.

Dodson was arraigned and jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

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