Suspected thief found playing 'Grand Theft Auto'


Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 22, 2010 at 4:13 p.m.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Sheriff's deputies in central Florida say a suspected car thief was playing the "Grand Theft Auto" video game when authorities located him earlier this week.

Polk County deputies investigating the theft of a 1998 Dodge Durango arrested 30-year-old Michael Ray Ekes on Thursday. They found the SUV outside a Haines City home. Ekes was inside in the house, playing the popular video game.

Ekes was charged with grand theft auto, burglary and drug possession. At the time of his arrest, he was out of jail on bond for another grand theft auto charge.

According to Polk County jail records, Ekes remained in custody Friday. Bond had not been set and no attorney was listed.

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Information from: Orlando Sentinel, http://www.orlandosentinel.com

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