David Dowling, 23, was arrested in Bradenton on Saturday after he tried to run out of a store with a Justin Bieber cardboard. He was chased by a female store employee, but David and an unidentified friend couldn’t shake the her and eventually were caught and gave back the cutout, worth $34.99. Then, Dowling and his friend bolted again but were caught by mall security.
After being arrested, David told police he was a 17-year-old named David Michael Tan, but police found his ID with his real name. When asked why he took the cardboard Bieber, Dowling’s response couldn’t have been too shocking to Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies. ‘We were just having fun holding Justin Bieber hostage.’ He was arrested for shoplifting and was released on $120 bond Monday.