Courtney Barnes is a Known Booster; He Was Arrested Today For Shoplifting
And just like that, the tea has been spilled. Courtney Barnes, whose eyewitness account of a police crash in Jackson, Mississippi, won the Internet, is wanted for boosting and unpaid fines. According to reports, the 23-year-old stole a Vans bucket hat several weeks ago from Swell-O-Phonic a men's and women's clothing boutique/art gallery/music venue (read: skate shop) in Fondren, Mississippi. The store manager says Courtney is legendary -- he's known for shoplifting in the area. She told a local reporter: "Courtney has stolen from our store and made our customers and staff uncomfortable. We just want him to stay out of our store." Courtney's wanted on two outstanding warrants for theft. He also has more than $1,600 in traffic fines. He also faces a contempt of court charge for allowing the fines to accumulate. A spokesperson from the police department in Ridgeland, Mississippi says Courtney should come in and pay the fines as soon as possible. He was previously arrested for driving on a suspended license and switching tags.
This is a photo from Courtney's Instagram page showing him wearing the stolen hat and an image of him inside the store taken from the store's surveillance camera.
Update: Courtney surrendered to the Ridgeland Police Department this afternoon and was arrested and booked for shoplifting. He faces a similar charge of shoplifting in Jackson, Mississippi.
Update 2: Here's his mug shot. Courtney gave an interview to a TV station denying it's him in the surveillance video image and claims he'll "plead the Fifth."