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Deodorant theft leads police on chase

Posted June 5, 2009

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— A man accused of stealing $81 worth of deodorant led Henderson police on a 2-mile chase Thursday afternoon.

Police found up to 15 sticks of Degree deodorant in the driver's side floorboard of Stanley Wayne Kelly's 1993 Pontiac Grand Am.

Kelly, 51, of 509 Hickory St., was arrested and charged with speeding to elude police, misdemeanor larceny, driving while license revoked and fictitious license tags.

Police said Kelly allegedly walked through a checkout line at a Henderson Food Lion without paying for the merchandise.

Kelly's 1-year-old stepson was in the front passenger seat and had not been sitting in a safety seat or wearing a seat belt. Kelly was also charged with one count of child endangerment.

The pursuit reached speeds of about 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said.

Kelly was in the Vance County jail Friday afternoon under a $5,000 bond.


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  • joel Jun 5, 2009

    Maybe next time he'll make a clean getaway.

  • grenlyn1 Jun 5, 2009

    Ummm it was necessary to have a high speed chase with a man who didn't pay for deodorant? What if this "high speed chase" had caused an accident and killed a law abiding citizen in the process? Sometimes I wonder if these officers have a lick of sense when it comes to an adrenaline rush?

  • nuncvendetta Jun 5, 2009

    I find these "high speed" chase stories to be a bit peculiar, just like the other day with the guy who was *shock* driving 82 mph on I-40. Today I was forced by the flow of traffic to speed up to around 79 mph or so near RDU, and an SUV behind me was still riding my bumper.

  • Centurian Jun 5, 2009

    I'm familiar with Raleigh Rd. Most traffic runs about 60mph through there every day. Not much of a chase in the traditional sense of high speeds and hazards. It seems as if the suspect pulled over when the cop caught up to him.

  • Work 4 It Jun 5, 2009

    That stinks.

  • johnenrico3 Jun 5, 2009

    It sounds like this guys life is really in the pits.

  • working for deadbeats Jun 5, 2009

    Dumb reason to chase and I'm in the LEO field.

  • thecatsmeow Jun 5, 2009

    He must have a serious odor problem.

  • tiblet Jun 5, 2009

    sounds like a nut job...glad the baby is OK.