Bradenton man charged with grand theft auto in Holmes Beach

Bradenton man arrested for grand theft auto in Holmes Beach

acastillo@bradenton.comJune 2, 2014 

HOLMES BEACH -- A Bradenton man was charged Monday morning with grand theft auto, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department.

At 2:52 a.m. Monday, 37-year-old Robert C. Leighton was arrested after police say he took possession of a car that wasn't his. According to a police report, Leighton was stopped for careless driving for rapidly accelerating while making a left turn on to Gulf Drive from Marina Drive. He was driving a yellow Corvette. Upon conducting a traffic stop, police say the Florida tag number attached to the vehicle came back to a 1998 Ford pick-up truck.

"The defendant stated the car belonged to his boss and was supposed to be put into a show room," a report states. "The defendant stated he placed his pick-up truck's tag on the Corvette before driving it."

According to police, the owner of the vehicle stated Leighton did not have permission to have possession of the vehicle.

Leighton was booked into jail on bonds totaling $1,620 on charges of grand theft auto and improper tag on vehicle.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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