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Test drive results in stolen car; salesman hoodwinked

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Bardstown Police say a jail escapee stole a car after tricking a salesman into leaving him alone in a vehicle he was taking a test drive in.

It happened shortly before 9:30 Monday morning.

"He came in at approximately about 9:30 this morning," says Perry Luttrell, G. M. Bardstown 44 Auto Mart.  Luttrell says they had no idea Ronny Stutes was on the run.  He says Stutes was "Very smooth...had all of his i's dotted and t's crossed."

On Friday, Stutes walked away from a minimum security jail in Marion County, and on Monday he was eyeing a Ford Escape.  And little did his salesperson know it was going to be part of his escape.

Luttrell says, "Normally a person comes in, we make a copy of their drivers license and let them demo the car...he said he had recently got a dui and could not drive the car so he wanted my sales associate to drive for him to go show his daughter."

The salesman drove Stutes to a nearby Walmart, and he even agreed to go inside and find his daughter. "You know her name supposedly was Tiffany.  Go in ask for Tiffany and let her know that she has a surprise out here for her," says Luttrell.

But police say that's when Stutes made his move.  WDRB News has obtained surveillance video of him getting behind the wheel and driving off.

Luttrell says, "Actually when he went in and asked for tiffany and they said there's no Tiffany that works here and at that point he realized he...so he ran back out into the Walmart parking lot and found out that she had...that he had taken the vehicle."

"He kind of pulled a fast one on him," says Officer Tom Blair, with Bardstown Police.

Police say Stutes has a history of breaking out of jail, and they believe he is getting desperate.

"He is very brazen if anything you know...that he would walk up to a carlot and dream up some kind of story and then steal the car...I think that's very desperate," says Officer Blair.

And there's more, police say Stutes drove the car to Louisville where he robbed the First Capital Bank in Fern Creek.  He was eventually arrested at a nearby Walmart.

"My sales associate is very happy of it because like I said...he is very new and it did shake him somewhat," says Luttrell.

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