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Florida Man With Distinct Face And Neck Tattoos Keeps Stealing Trucks And Cars, Police Say

He can't be hard to miss.

By Gina Tron

A man with an array of face and neck tattoos just can’t stop stealing trucks, according to police.

Robert Hardister, 26, was arrested on Wednesday in Palatka, Florida after he allegedly stole a Chevy truck from a Tractor Depot, according to the Palatka Police Department. Officials later located that truck in another county. They found Hardister with a different stolen vehicle, one from Okeechobee, Florida. Police handcuffed the tatted-up man and charged him with burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He’s being held on a $7,000 bond.

This isn’t the first time Hardister — whose facial tattoos include teardrops, stars, x’s over his lips and tattoos of extra teeth — has been caught allegedly trying to steal vehicles. He’s been arrested at least three times over the past two years for grand theft auto. Police arrested him in November 2017 after he allegedly attempted to steal a 2005 Hyundai from Ocala, Florida, according to WFTV in Orlando.

Earlier that year, when the suspect was 25 years old, police caught him allegedly trying to steal a 2007 Chrysler Sebring. In that case, Hardister allegedly told the cops that he gave someone methamphetamine in exchange for the Sebring, according to another WFTV report. A year earlier, cops found Hardister sleeping inside a stolen truck at a Walmart in Jupiter, Florida, according to The Palm Beach Post.

Hardister has a lengthy arrest record, dating back to 2009 and his mugshots reveal his tattoo progression. 

He's been found guilty the past of car theft, breaking and entering and other crimes. His interesting mugshots have already garnered him a quite a bit of attention over the years.

[Photos: Palatka Police Department, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Johnston County Sheriff's Office, Palm Beach Sheriff's Office]

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