Man arrested for stealing co-worker’s car


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Maickol Ponton, 32, was arrested yesterday and charted with grand theft of a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug equipment.

On February 10, the owner of the car filed a sworn complaint against Ponton, saying that he had let Ponton borrow his car to get lunch, but Ponton had not returned the car. The car’s owner said he tried to contact Ponton to get the car back, but Ponton had not responded. The owner also said that Ponton had disabled the GPS tracking in the car.

At 8:30 a.m. on February 12, a Gainesville Police Department officer stopped the car and arrested Ponton. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced three baggies containing 1.5 grams of cocaine and a rolled-up dollar bill with cocaine residue.

Ponton was identified by his ID card and passport from Uruguay. His First Appearance Order did not include information about how long he has been in the area and showed no criminal history. Judge Aymer “Buck” Curtin set bail at $100,000 for each charge, for a total of $300,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Buck…just send the guy back to Uraguay and make sure he’s on the no fly list so he can’t come back…case closed.

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