Sheriff Judd says felon who taunted PCSO on Facebook is in custody

Logan Hale. Images courtesy PCSO via Facebook

UPDATE: Polk deputies say Logan Hale is in custody. He was found riding as a passenger in a car in Lakeland around 5 p.m. Hale’s family has been cooperative, deputies said. Family members said Hale was planning to turn himself in Thursday, but deputies said they found him before he was able to do so.

PREVIOUS STORY: POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Polk Sheriff Grady Judd has offered a reward to catch a felon on the run who has been taunting PCSO on Facebook since last week.

Thursday the sheriff faced news cameras to deliver a few jabs to Logan Hale. “Really, Logan, really?,” Judd asked. “You are such a goofball.”

The sheriff went on to say his reaction when he saw Hale took to Facebook for taunting was “tickled.”  Judd said with all the seriousness of the job he appreciates some levity and is having fun with this.

Judd is convinced one of Hale’s friends will take him up on the $500 reward through CrimeStoppers that’s offered for information leading to Hale’s arrest.

“It’s just a matter of time before Logan Hale is in jail, ” Judd said, smiling that the words happen to rhyme.

Logan Hale, 21, was featured in the #FridayFelon post on the Polk County Sheriff’s Facebook page last Friday. Hale and Tyler Thornton, 20, burglarized a home in Lakeland area Aug. 3, according to PCSO. They took a shotgun and a few other items and pawned most of their loot, according to the Facebook post. Thornton was taken into custody soon after the #FridayFelon post went up, but Hale remained at large.

Hale whose Facebook profile is “Logan Finallyfree Hale”, posted a response to the sheriff’s post which lead to an exchange between the felon and the deputies on social media:

Hale: “HELLO here i am…….” “Just got done doing two yeara up the road…”

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SLIDESHOW: Felon taunts PCSO on Facebook

Polk County Sheriff: “You would be wise to turn yourself in.”

Hale: “Deputies continue to look for me but Are frustrated that i am unable to be located….”

Polk Sheriff: “Logan Finallyfree Hale – remaining “at large” is only going to result in your having to change your FB name from “Finallyfree” to “Back In Jail” – it would be wise for you to turn yourself in to the nearest PCSO facility. Or give us a call – we’ll be happy to provide transportation. 863-298-6200.”

Image from PCSO Facebook page
SLIDESHOW: Felon taunts PCSO on Facebook

The sheriff tagged Hale’s profile in the post.

This dialogue in the comments attracted attention from the users who follow the sheriff’s page – it was shared more than 700 times and commented on 343 times.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd posted an update on Facebook Thursday offering a reward for information that would lead to his arrest. “Finally Free just cannot be—Logan Hale belongs in jail!” the new post says.

PCSO and Crime Stoppers are ready to give $500+ for any information that would lead to Hale’s arrest. Hale’s charges are Armed Burglary, Grand Theft of Firearm, Grand Theft over $10,000, and Dealing in Stolen Property.

You can call in the information anonymously at 1-800-226-TIPS or, you can log into www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. You can download an app for iPhone and Droid to anonymously report crime. To install the free app, please visit www.tipsoft.com.

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