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Man arrested after giving false ID

A Baltimore man’s freedom was short-lived early Monday after Stafford County deputies realized he wasn’t who he’d claimed to be.

Ronald Myers, 37, was arrested early Monday along with two other men on shoplifting-related charges stemming from a theft at the Walmart at Village Parkway, Stafford Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.

Myers and Charles Thomas, 33, of Baltimore and Cornelius Jones, 54, of Washington were all charged with conspiracy to commit larceny. Thomas and Jones were also charged with public intoxication.

Kennedy said Myers, who was going by another name at the time, was released on his own recognizance while the other two were placed in jail.

Kennedy said Thomas and Jones were especially unruly at the magistrate’s office, cursing at deputies, the magistrate and a woman who was brought in on unrelated charges.

After Myers left the magistrate’s office, which is at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, Deputy Alex Smith found out that he had given them false identification.

Smith was looking through a wallet recovered during an earlier traffic stop and found a picture of Myers with his real name.

Smith went looking for Myers and found him a couple of miles away at the Courthouse 7–Eleven. He was taken back into custody and was given additional charges of giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, identity theft, two counts of forgery, perjury and driving without a license. This time he was jailed under a $5,000 bond.

Smith initially went to the Walmart about 12:19 a.m. in response to a manager’s call about a man stealing. The man had taken items from the store to a waiting car, then returned to the store to steal some more, police said.

The car was leaving the lot as Smith arrived and headed south on U.S. 17. Smith and other deputies stopped the car near the Geico building and recovered items taken from the store.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404