By: Earnest Jones | 08-22-2017 | News
Photo credit: Polk County Sheriff's Office

Porsche Stolen from Repair Shop: Polk County Deputies Searching for Suspect

A suspect broke into a repair shop and managed to drive away in a Porsche. Polk County deputies are searching for the suspect.

The security camera managed to capture the suspect entering the Cannon Automotive Group repair shop on South Florida Avenue around 9:20 Saturday night.

Grady Judd from Polk County Sheriff revealed that the suspect removed an air conditioning unit, climbed in and grabbed multiple sets of keys.

Reports from the deputies indicate that one set of car keys was for a blue 2000 convertible Porsche Boxter.

The investigators spent about an hour in the shop, they also realized that the alarm was triggered when the suspect left at 10:37 p.m. in the stolen Porsche.

“He grabs this nice car and flees,” Sheriff Grady Judd said. “You’ve got to give them credit, at least he has nice taste in cars that he steals.”

According to the sheriff, Lakeland police officers recovered the stolen Porsche in a bad section of town.

“It was abandoned in Lakeland, near a pretty rough area known for drugs,” Sheriff Judd said.

The security team was praised by the sheriff at Cannon Automotive and said the suspect likely knew his way around it.

“It leads me to think that he had some inside information, because when you have a security system over that large of an area, there’s always going to be a weakness someplace, and he took advantage of that weakness,” he said.

The man has been described as a white or Hispanic man with a thin build, mustache, goatee and tattoo on his upper left arm. He was seen wearing a hat, glasses, gloves, a gray tank top, cargo shorts and white sneakers.


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