A police officer in Louisiana is on his way to viral fame after his unusual but also heartwarming “Crime Stoppers” video about a man who burglarized a restaurant popular with local police was posted online, and Lieutenant Higgins says the folks at Stelly’s exemplify Southern hospitality.
According to the YouTube video posted by KATC in Louisiana, St. Landry Crime Stoppers are looking for the man who burglarized a business in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana on July 8 and made off with hundreds of dollars.
The video starts off like any other dry, monotone police report. But partway through, it takes a unique twist.
The lieutenant says: “Look at me son, I’m talking to you. The sheriff likes Stelly’s Restaurant, and so do I. The food here is good, and the folks are friendly. We’re going to identify you, arrest you, and put you in a small cell. After that, I’m going to have a cheeseburger here with fries and a Coke and leave a nice tip for the waitress. Meanwhile, your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door.”
Higgins goes on to say they collected DNA evidence from a rock used to smash glass and obtain entry, and he said they also got a “perfect” boot print.
However, the officer said he was confident they wouldn’t need to wait on lab results.
“Congratulations son, I’m about to make you famous,” he says on the video. “By tomorrow, 100,000 people will have you watched you commit a felony. You will be recognized, and the people that know you don’t really like you anyway, so when it comes down to a choice between you and a $1,000: They’ll take the cash. On behalf of Crime Stoppers, I’m Lt. Higgins.”
The unusual video amassed thousands of views on YouTube and Sunday night it made the front page of Reddit.