The theft of bras from a local department store was enough for a judge in Mississippi to put a habitual criminal from a neighboring state behind bars -- for life, MyFoxMemphis.com reported.

Miss. police were called after a Kohl’s store employee caught Darnell Wilson stuffing clothes into a garbage bag. Wilson reportedly said the stolen clothes, including bras, were going to be used for his job in Memphis.

"He explained that he was a prostitute – a transvestite prostitute," said Desoto County District Attorney Smithe Murphey.

This wasn’t Wilson’s first run-in with the law. He has a long criminal history, including 18 arrests involving charges for aggravated robbery, kidnapping, and sexual battery in Tennessee, MyFoxMemphis reported.

Murphey used Mississippi’s strict habitual offender law, which allows prosecutors to combine Mississippi felony arrests with those in other states to define the accused as a habitual offender, to put Wilson behind bars for three consecutive life sentences.

"Each community sets their standards," said Murphey. "And we have standards that we're not going to tolerate 18 time convicted felons to keep walking around without any repercussions."

Wilson had led police in a car chase following the Kohl’s theft. They had to use spike strips to blow out his car tires in order to stop and arrest him.

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