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Deputies thank accused thief for "lousy paint job"

Winter Haven, Florida - Deputies are thanking a Polk County man for a lousy paint job he thought would let him get away with stealing a motorcycle but, instead, led to his arrest.

Kip Quinn, 29, of Auburndale faces a list of charges for a theft that occurred back in October when a red motorcycle was taken from an address on Martha Drive.

A couple days later in Lakeland, a deputy investigated a suspicious Suzuki TL1000 that had been painted blue and bore a replaced Florida tag. But the VIN number was still visible, identifying the vehicle as stolen and stating the name of the true owner.

"In the process of turning over the motorcycle to the victim, prints were discovered in the dry blue paint indicating that the motorcycle had been handled prior to the paint curing," the Polk Sheriff's Office said.

Crime scene detectives found numerous fingerprints and forwarded them to identification analysts.

"Sure enough, today a total of five identifications were made from the fingerprints and were all for Kip Quinn," the sheriff's office stated.

By this time, however, Quinn was already in jail on other charges.

Now he faces six new charges, including Grand Theft Auto, Tampering with Evidence and Dealing in Stolen Property.

This is his 15th arrest in the county.

"Thank you, Mr. Quinn, for your lousy paint job and helping us keep you behind bars," the sheriff's office stated in a Facebook posting. "Here is hoping he gets successfully prosecuted and sent away to prison where he belongs."


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