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Sheriff's Warning To Burglar On 'Crime Stoppers' Is Criminally Good

"Congratulations, son, I'm about to make you famous."

You can run but you can't hide from the words of Lt. Clay Higgins.

The spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff in Louisiana has captured the Internet's attention with a badass -- and may we say, very entertaining -- warning he gave a burglar on a recent edition of the local television show "St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers."

Surveillance video shows the suspect breaking into Stelly's, a market and restaurant. But it's the menacing Higgins who steals the show.

"The sheriff likes Stelly's restaurant, and so do I," he said on the show, an excerpt of which was posted online on July 23. "The food here is good, and the folks are friendly. We are going to identify you, arrest you and put you in a small cell. After that I'm going to have a cheeseburger here with fries and a Coke and leave a nice tip for the waitress. Meanwhile your next meal will be served through a small hole in a cell door."

He later added this: "Congratulations, son. I'm about to make you famous."

Higgins told The Huffington Post Monday that he had yet to get his man, but that the department has received about a dozen leads.

The officer has earned a reputation for his down-home straight talk to criminals on the lam.

"I'm pretty much in awe of the whole thing," he said. "I never anticipated becoming any kind of celebrity. I'm not a celebrity kind of person."

The muscular Army veteran said he started the public information officer job a few months ago and has run with it. "I pretty much threw away the script that was the established norm," he said. "I started speaking my mind,  just as I did on the street."

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