Marion County deputies nab tattoo-covered car theft suspect

OCALA, Fla. — Mugshots: Robert Hardister's facial tattoo progression

Marion County deputies, with the help of their K-9, helped find a car theft suspect from Putnam County, investigators said.

Deputies said they noticed a stolen 2005 Hyundai vehicle Saturday pull into the parking lot of the Queens Garden Resort at 3340 S. Pine Ave., in Ocala.

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

Deputy Matthew Hooper said he and K-9 Ramo tracked Hardister down in the 500 block of SE 35 Place, where Hardister surrendered to deputies without incident.

Hardister faces charges of grand theft auto.


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