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Police catch blow-up doll bandit after chase ends in crash

Posted at 8:54 PM, Oct 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-16 20:54:12-04

Jessie Allen Smith was looking for love in all the wrong places, according to a report from KFOR in Oklahoma City.

The 27-year-old man had his eye on x-rated magazines and a $300 inflatable friend at Christie’s Toy Box on N. Perkins in Stillwater, Okla., according to police.

Store Manager Candace Gray said Allen was posing as a legitimate late-night customer.

“As soon as my clerk rings up a magazine, the guy runs behind the counter and puts a knife to his throat and threatens to stab him to death,” Gray said. “He grabs the doll, magazines and money and runs out.”

Witnesses said Smith looked nothing like his recent mug shot.

Investigators said he made a pit stop at the Stillwater Walmart.

He went to the Halloween section, grabbed a stringy wig and used it as his disguise.   

Moments after fleeing the store, Payne County deputies spotted him and gave chase.

The five-mile pursuit ended in a violent crash at 12th and Jardot.

“The truck sustained heavy damage and, as a result, the doll did not survive. She was just a casualty of circumstance,” Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Watts said.

A very stubborn Smith survived the collision and was hauled off to jail after two jolts from a tazer.

Police said they have all the evidence they need to convict including the knife, the wig and of course, one “deceased” blow up doll.