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Orlando man arrested after allegedly driving a stolen car from Largo to Southeast Car Agency in Gainesville and then trying to steal another car

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Bruce Lewis, 26, of Orlando, was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly driving a vehicle stolen from Largo to Southeast Car Agency in Gainesville and then trying to drive a different vehicle out of the business.

According to the arrest report, the vehicle Lewis drove into the business, a 2022 Honda Passport, was reported stolen May 17 in Largo, FL. The investigation found that Lewis walked to the detailing area on the back side of the business and took a set of keys for a vehicle on the lot, a 2022 Hyundai Palisade, then began driving it out of the lot. An employee saw this and stopped him.

The employee reported that Lewis became verbally aggressive with him before returning to the Honda and driving out of the business. The incident was reportedly captured on surveillance video.

Lewis was later located by law enforcement while driving the stolen Honda; he was reportedly wearing a “distinctive” outfit that included white Ferrari sweat pants and sweatshirt, an orange mask, and Ray-Ban sunglasses. The outfit was reportedly the same one he was wearing at Southeast Car Agency.

Post Miranda, Lewis reportedly gave his name as that of the owner of the stolen vehicle, but he was unable to spell it correctly. Also, the owner of the stolen vehicle is a white male, and Lewis is a black male. He reportedly later provided his real name when he was interviewed at the police station.

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Officers also reportedly found drug paraphernalia during a search after arrest. Lewis has been charged with two counts of grand theft of an automobile, providing false information to law enforcement, and possession of drug equipment. Lewis has an out-of-county criminal history between 2019 and 2022, including a failure to appear in 2022. He is being held on $15,000 bond.

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.

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