CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives recovered a stolen car but didn't have a problem identifying one of two suspects because one of them dropped his driver's license in the vehicle.
On Sep. 15, a 17-year-old Port Charlotte teen, and another man went to the Car Care Center, 19500 Peachland Blvd., and inquired about buying a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria police package vehicle on the lot for $3,000. The keys were given to them by a salesman so they could take a test drive; they came back but did not return the keys. A check of the lot that night at 10 p.m. found the car stolen.
The next morning, the business owner called CCSO to report the stolen car was returned and parked in the lot. A deputy opened the driver's door and saw the teens Florida driver's license between the door and seat. The car was returned with various electronic items inside that were stolen; value was set at $1,500.
The business owner provided surveillance video that showed the two suspects that came into the lot the day the car was stolen. The investigation continues to locate the teens accomplice.
The teen was taken into custody, charged with Grand Theft Auto, transported to the Charlotte County Jail, and then released to his parents' custody.
WINK News is not naming the teen because he is under 18 years old.