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Stupid Fla. criminal brings loaded gun, stolen car to meet probation officer

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A 38-year-old Florida man brought the term “stupid criminal” to a whole new level by bringing a loaded gun with him to meet his probation officer.

What’s worse, the hapless hoodlum, Christopher John Smith, drove to the meeting Monday in a stolen car.

Smith’s probation officer checked the tags on the car Smith was driving and found that it was stolen from a car rental business and that Smith was a suspect in a related grand theft auto case, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported.

Photo credit the Flagler County Jail.
Photo credit the Flagler County Jail.

The officer phoned Flagler County sheriff’s deputies who showed up to question Smith about why he was driving the stolen vehicle.

Officers also discovered a loaded .25-caliber handgun in a bag Smith brought with him to the meeting, according to the News-Journal.

Smith said he didn’t know where he rented the car from or how many payments were made because his business partners handled those details — but he couldn’t name the business partners  either.

“What’s with all these questions?” a belligerent Smith asked, the arresting officer according to the incident report.

When he was told he was being investigated for driving a stolen vehicle Smith promptly invoked his right to remain silent.

He was arrested and brought to Volusia County jail. He was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

Smith had been on probation for an incident last July when he was charged with, among other things, resisting arrest with violence and battery against a law enforcement officer.

Carmine Sabia


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