Man Leaves Movie, Steals Date's Car

She called him, and he just laughed

By Greg Wilson
|  Friday, Dec 16, 2011  |  Updated 6:20 AM PDT
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Man Leaves Movie, Steals Date's Car

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He stole his date's 2012 Ford Focus, and to make matters worse, it was a rental!

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A Florida man who got up in the middle of his movie, telling his date he had to get something out of her car, wound up stealing the auto, aaccording to police.

Michael Pratt, 27, was at a cinema in Tampa with his 35-year-old date when he told the woman he needed to get something from the car, according to the St. Petersburg Times. She gave him her keys and that was the last she saw of him or her 2012 Ford Focus, which happened to be a rental.

When she called him, Pratt just laughed and said he had stolen her car, according to authorities. 

Pratt, who has been arrested and now faces grand theft charges, ignored his victim's calls for the next two days, prompting her to call police. Pratt finally did call her four days after the date to say he left the car in a Walmart parking lot in New Port Richey, authorities said. Deputies found it and arrested Pratt.

According to the Times, Pratt previously served more than a year in prison for the same charge, as well as fraud, uttering forged bills and failing to return rental property.

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