MANATEE — Police say a 29-year-old Bradenton man rented a U-Haul pickup truck on June 28, promised to have it back on July 14, but never returned it.
On Saturday, Jaspard J. Newell was still driving the truck that U-Haul had reported stolen, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
A deputy spotted Newell driving the truck into a 7-Eleven store parking lot at 5700 14th St. W., Bradenton shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday and called for back-up, the report states.
Newell was arrested without incident and charged with motor vehicle theft. He told deputies that he had spoken to U-Haul near the end of August and was under the impression he could keep the truck without paying installments on it until he returned it, according to the report.
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He went on to tell deputies that he was planning on returning the vehicle after this weekend.
Newell’s bond was set at $7,500 and he remained in the Manatee County jail on Monday, according to sheriff’s office records.