Police Delete 'Stupid' Facebook Post, After Suspects Swipe Their Hubcaps

"Saying he's stupid -- you don't say things like that. It's totally wrong what they did."

Police in Warwick, Rhode Island, have deleted a Facebook post that obliquely suggested two accused thieves might be "stupid."

Their alleged crime? Stealing hubcaps from a police cruiser parked in the police department parking lot.

Shawn Bartis, 18, and an unnamed 17-year-old were arrested Sunday night after two detectives spotted them attempting to steal hubcaps, a siren control box and a spotlight from a police car, according to the Providence Journal.

The teens were charged with larceny and tampering with an automobile, reports WPRI.com.

Warwick Police Dept.

The incident was posted on the department's Facebook page, where authorities suggested the suspects might not have been smart by including the Forrest Gump quote, "Stupid is as stupid does" along with Bartis' mug shot, shown above.

The "stupid" quote angered Bartis' older brother, Joe, according to TurnTo10.com.

"Saying he's stupid -- you don't do things like that. You don't say things like that. It's totally wrong what they did," Joe Bartis told the station.

Bartis said his younger brother is "a good kid" who "made a mistake" and "has an obsession with certain things."

Those "certain things" apparently include police cars. One of the photos on Shawn Bartis' Facebook page shows him posing with an old police car that he owns, according to his older brother.

Facebook/Shawn Bartis

A compelling argument can be made that, allegedly attempting to steal items off a police car parked in a police station parking lot, is not exactly "smart."

The Warwick Police Department ultimately agreed that the "stupid is as stupid does" comment went too far. It has since edited that phrase out of the post and also removed Bartis' mug shot.

In the interest of not besmirching a young man for his mistake, the picture and jocularity has been removed-thanks to a...

Posted by Warwick Police Department on Monday, January 4, 2016

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