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Man’s Jeep Stolen During “Coffee Break”

SPRING HILL – The Dunkin’ Donuts at 4-corners (Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Blvd), is a popular meeting spot for young and old to reminisce, debate, or just relax and enjoy a cup of joe. But the tranquil atmosphere is also the perfect setting for would-be criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting victims who let their guard down, even for a split second. That’s exactly what happened to one couple yesterday, when they stopped purchase a few items inside the café, in the early afternoon.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Christopher Belmont and his girlfriend Jody Ballor parked Belmont’s Jeep Wrangler in front of the business, where they both exited the vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition.

While Belmont and Ballor were inside the café, 36-year-old Timothy Robert Carson took the opportunity to steal the Jeep. Within minutes of the theft, Deputies spotted the Jeep traveling on Commercial Way of Breakwater Blvd, where they conducted a traffic stop.

Carson was taken into custody and charged with Grand Auto Theft, in addition to Violating Probation on previous charges of DUI and Carrying a Concealed Firearm. Carson is also charged with driving on a suspended license. Carson remains behind bars, held without bond.

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  • You are only asking for trouble when you leave your keys in the vehicle. Duh?????

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11:50 am
  • I thought there was a rule lock it or loose it thats what our sheriff says.

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 11:02 am
  • Fact is if he left the keys in the ignition he was probably not to worried about the vehicle.. Probably mad that it was found in good condition and not totaled..

    Tuesday, 14 April 2015, 8:33 am
  • What Was dumber? He stole it or Idiot leaves Keys In the Ignition?

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 5:59 pm
    • a few of us out there ,still trust most to be honest. I know foolish now a days, but without some trust. we got nothing IMHO

      Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 12:31 am
  • I never ate the donut actually.. i lost my appetite. :/

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 5:42 pm
  • Just happy no one was hurt, car returned, thief caught, and once again HCSO is on it!!!!! Way to go!!!!!!

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 4:04 pm
  • i hope the donut was worrth it,thats another reason to get take out

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 3:37 pm
  • Why would anyone lease their keys in the ignition, It only invites problems, Especially here in “Crime Hill”

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 3:08 pm
  • I know Tim and he is a very nice man loving to his children but over the past few years he has had mental instability this is so sad because this is not the Tim I know. A lot has changed for the worst for him

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:24 pm
  • This guy looks drunk or hung over! NEVER leave your car unlocked, or leave your keys in the ignition…its just asking for trouble!

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 2:02 pm
  • Hey he came in papa johns. Friday. And looked around and he seemed like he lost his mind like he didnt know who hes was just saying

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 1:18 pm
  • Sorry, but…! Why would you leave your.keys in the car and expect it to be safe?

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 12:18 pm
  • He looks as though he is high on something. I hope the victims learned not to Leanne the keys in the vehicle again. Thank goodness they recovered the vehicle and got another scumbag off the streets!

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:46 am
  • 2 wrongs don’t make a right!! Lesson learned vehicle recovered and another scumbag off the street. Great Job HCSO.

    Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:34 am
    • YUP! Nice fast response!

      Monday, 13 April 2015, 10:44 am

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