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Embarrassed fugitive turns self in after Examiner story

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe
A 22-year-old man accused of burglarizing homes in Bethesda surrendered to authorities, telling authorities that he was embarrassed that his mug shot and case were featured in The Washington Examiner.

Antoine Dillard, of the District, turned himself in to D.C. police Monday on warrants out of Montgomery County. He is the 35th fugitive from justice whose arrest is credited to The Examiner and its readers.

Dillard told investigators that he was not the bad guy depicted in the article and wanted to surrender, said U.S. Marshals Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke.

"We like it when they turn themselves in," Burke said. "It saves us a lot of work. Let's go get Number 36."

According to police, Dillard and an accomplice broke into homes in Bethesda during the daylight hours in August and stole thousands of dollars in electronics. The duo were arrested together and charged with similar crimes last year in the District. Dillard pleaded guilty to the D.C. burglary and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Since The Examiner began its weekly "Most Wanted" feature three years ago, tips from readers have directly led to the capture or surrender of 35 convicted murders, kidnappers, sex offenders and con artists. The New York Times has noted the success of the series, declaring the achievement "remarkable."

Last week it was revealed that a tip-generated capture of a Most Wanted fugitive in 2010 helped federal investigators break up what prosecutors say is the largest federal government contracting bribery and kickback scandal in U.S. history.

The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, run by the U.S. Marshals Service, is composed of 30 federal, state and local agencies from Baltimore to Norfolk. The unit has captured more than 33,000 wanted fugitives since its creation in 2004.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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