A man who said he found a set of car keys on the floor of a local nightclub and then drove away in the car is facing felony charges.
Law enforcement was first alerted that the vehicle was missing after the owner started looking for her car keys and realized she didn’t have them, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
She told the police the keys went missing between midnight and 3:30 a.m. and provided a description of the vehicle.
Deputies soon located the vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby strip club. The vehicle was locked and the owner was contacted to get a spare set of keys from her home.
While she went to do that, a deputy watched her vehicle and saw the lights on the vehicle flash suggesting the keyless entry had been activated.
Soon a man, later identified as Carlos R. Ortiz-Ortiz, walked towards the vehicle and then veered away when he spotted the deputy.
The deputy caught up with him just before the 29-year-old walked back into the strip club and saw Ortiz-Ortiz had the keys to the vehicle.
Once he was detained, the deputy found a small bag of marijuana in Ortiz-Ortiz’s pocket.
Once he was arrested, Ortiz-Ortiz told the officer that he had found the keys on the floor of the nightclub and decided to take the vehicle to get to the strip club.
Ortiz-Ortiz was charged with grand theft auto and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.