Thomas R. Quinlan opened the unlocked door of a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office patrol car and leaned in over the front seat. Within minutes he would be in the back of another.
That’s because the deputy who drives the marked vehicle was watching the whole time from inside a nearby business, according to an arrest report.
Quinlan, 25, of Boynton Beach, was arrested early Wednesday after the deputy saw him lurking near his parked Sheriff’s Office car at 1333 S. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach, the report stated.
“I went outside as he was entering my car,” the deputy wrote in his report. “The male was hunched over inside the car and appeared to be reaching for something.”
Quinlan got out of the car and stood up. The deputy grabbed him near the left shoulder and put him on the ground, then in handcuffs.
Another man, Joshua Craver, 23, also of Boynton Beach, was with Quinlan, deputies said. He appeared to be filming the incident on his phone.
When another deputy tried to talk to him, Craver walked away, the report said. Craver was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence.
Asked why he got into the patrol car, Quinlan said he wanted to let the dog out, deputies said.
The deputy noted that Quinlan would’ve had no access to the K-9 because it was in the back, behind the partition.
There were no weapons in the patrol car and nothing appeared to be missing, the deputy wrote in his report.
A deputy “delivered several knee strikes” to Quinlan when he refused to get into another patrol car, the report said.
Both men were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. Craver was released early Wednesday.
Quinlan, facing a felony charge of burglary to an emergency vehicle and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer without violence, remained in custody Wednesday afternoon in lieu of a $2,500 bond.