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South Dakota man who lied to police about identity arrested because his real name was tattooed on his arm

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MITCHELL, S.D. - A man who tried to lie about his identity to police here was arrested after officers noticed his real name tattooed on his arm, according to a police report.


Shane Alan Heitman, 36, was contacted by police on Nov. 7. An anonymous tip informed police that Heitman had a warrant and could be found at the residence.

Heitman initially stated he was James John Richardson, 47. Officers had Heitman's name from the tip and, after they looked it up in their computer -- and noticed the name "Shane" tattooed on his right arm -- Heitman admitted his true identity. He was arrested for impersonation with intent to deceive law enforcement and for a warrant for second-degree petty theft.

The theft charge is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. The impersonation charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., is owned by Forum Communications Co.