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OCALA, Fla. – Marion County deputies, with the help of their K-9, helped find a car theft suspect covered in facial tattoos who was sought by Putnam County authorities, investigators said.


Deputies said they noticed a stolen 2005 Hyundai Saturday as it pulled into the parking lot of the Queens Garden Resort in Ocala.

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Robert Wade Hardister, 26, got out of the car and ran, deputies said.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Matthew Hooper said he and K-9 Ramo tracked Hardister down, at which point Hardister surrendered to deputies without incident.

Hardister was arrested and charged with grand theft auto.

The repeat offender is well-known for facial changes spanning years.

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