Florida Man Steals Pick Up, Crashes, Pretends to be Barbecuing on Stranger’s Porch to Avoid Police

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Police say a man from Boynton Beach is facing grand theft charges for breaking into an auto dealership, stealing keys and a pickup truck before crashing into a building.

The owner arrived at work that morning to find a 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck missing from the parking lot. The owner also found the gate to the compound wide open and a lock missing, as well as about 60 sets of keys. The owner said the thief also made off with a 45-inch Samsung television, two Dell laptops, and an assortment of tools.

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday, police spotted a man driving the stolen pickup truck down Seacrest Boulevard. When an officer initiated a traffic stop, police said the driver sped away. Minutes later, officers found the pickup on W. Boynton Beach Boulevard where it crashed into the side of a building. 

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Officers searched the area and Puglisi was found pretending to grill on the porch of a nearby apartment, and was taken into custody, the report said.

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Stolen from within the building were approximately 60 sets of keys belonging to the vehicles for sale on the lot, which will cost an estimated $ 20,000 to replace. Also stolen from within the building was a 45” Samsung television ($ 1,500), and a Dell laptop from a desk ($ 1,000). In the rear of the business under a carport where vehicle repair and maintenance is completed, another Dell laptop was stolen ( $ 1,000) and several tools to include wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers (approximately $ 3,000). Video surveillance from the business captured a thin white male, wearing a dark baseball cap, t-shirt, and shorts, at approximately 0200 hours walking in between cars within the compound before leaving in the stolen GMC truck.

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