A drunk driver prevented the theft of a TJ Maxx in Farmington, CT on Wednesday. Okay, not exactly. The drunk driver's car prevented the theft. According to The Hartford Courant, three men swiped $4,500 worth of ladies handbags from the department store, but didn't get very far. Store security noticed the heist and alerted authorities, who were waiting for the pilferers outside the store.

One man, Levar Fulgham, saw the police and booked it, hopping in a nearby idling car. The only problem, though, was the ignition interlock that was installed. The interlock, which prevented the car from being shifted into gear without first blowing into a breathalizer, was installed because the car's owner had a few too many and got busted driving drunk (shame he didn't have a good friend to try and take his keys).

After revving the engine and realizing he couldn't get it into drive, Fulgham abandoned the car and continued his flight on foot. Police were forced to tase the thief before they could apprehend him. Fulgham was charged with third-, fourth- and sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth- and sixth-degree larceny, refusal to be fingerprinted and interfering with police.


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      Snaisa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Crazy this happened near where I live. Ha.
      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice story, but charge with interfering with police? What?
      Spartan
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Police were forced to tase the thief before they could apprehend him." Don't tase me bro!
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the real story here is that three men were able to carry $1,500 (on average) worth of handbags each... from TJ Maxx!
        Sean Conrad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        I've seen $1,500 suit jackets there, they lean towards cheap but they definitely have super expensive stuff.
      thomas.leopard
      • 1 Year Ago
      A drunk driver prevented the theft of a TJ Maxx? Very....interesting.
        Termin8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thomas.leopard
        Could be me but, I've read it several times and I still think it's written incorrectly. Seems like there's a lot of that on this site.
        thomas.leopard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thomas.leopard
        Dammit. I misread the article and now I am going to look like a dumbass because I cant delete my own comment.
      Camaroman101
      • 1 Year Ago
      these things should be installed on every car with an owner whose gotten a dui
      Ben Hayat
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the thief wasn't drunk, why wouldn't the device unlock the car? The device only detects if you're drunk but not if you're not the owner. Unless, he was a stupid thief that couldn't figure it out to blow into it. :-)
        chest rockwell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ben Hayat
        If the car was on and idling, I would have been confused too. Then again, I don't ever foresee myself in that situation.