According to NBCmiami.com, David Dowling made it clear to the other side of the mall with his pilfered goods, all the while being chased by a female store employee.
David and an unidentified friend couldn’t shake the employee and eventually were caught and gave back the Bieber cutout, worth $34.99.
Then, he and his friend bolted again but were caught by mall security.
After being arrested, Dowling 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, he said: “We were just having fun holding Justin Bieber hostage.”
David Dowling was arrested for shoplifting and was released on $120 bond Monday. (Source:NBCmiami)