Ardmore police arrested a 23-year-old man twice Wednesday. The first time Sean Welch was taken into custody was for snatching an estimated $800 in quarters from a laundromat vending machine. The second time was after he managed to escape from a police car and attempted a more permanent getaway by hiding under a bulldozer that was loaded on a trailer headed out of town.
Reports indicate Welch had been named a suspect in the early morning burglary at the laundromat in Broadlawn Village. Following interviews with investigators, he was arrested in the case that not only included the theft of the $800 in quarters but an additional $500 in damage to the vending machine.
But before he could be booked into the Carter County Detention Center, Welch managed to escape from the caged back seat of an APD car.
However, the bid for freedom didn’t last long.
“The bulldozer operator had been doing some landscape work and loaded the bulldozer on the trailer. He had been asked if he’d seen the suspect and said no, but as he was heading out of town on (U.S.) Highway 70 he noticed him hiding under the bulldozer and called us saying, ‘I think I’ve got your guy,’” said Capt. Eric Hamblin, APD public information officer.
Welch was taken into custody a second time without incident. He is detained at the CCDC pending charges that include burglary and escape from detention, as well as an outstanding arrest warrant issued in McClain County and a second warrant from Brazo County Texas seeking his extradition.
Prosecutors are expected to review the case and file formal charges in Carter County District Court today.