WINTER HAVEN, FL — A Florida man allegedly drove a stolen jeep back to the scene of his crime recently to ask if anybody found his missing cellphone “which was pinging back to the residence,” according to police.
When 25-year-0ld Ronnie Dillon Willis arrived at the home of the victim on March 24 in the tan Jeep Patriot, he was greeted by none other than a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy, who just happened to be conducting an interview about the stolen vehicle.
“The deputy, who probably could not believe the way this call was unfolding, arrested Ronnie for grand theft of a motor vehicle,” explained the sheriff’s office on Monday. “She also charged him with driving while license suspended/revoked, because it turned out that Ronnie had a suspended license.”
The vehicle was taken earlier in the day from outside the home.
“He told the deputy that he woke up in one of the victim’s vehicles that morning. He couldn’t remember which one, knocked on her front door, but got no answer,” the sheriff’s office said of Willis. “He hopped into the victim’s Jeep and drove away. When he got home, he couldn’t find his phone, so he tracked it back to the victim’s house.”
The owner of the vehicle told the sheriff’s office that she did not know Willis or give him permission to drive the Jeep.
“The victim did recognize the suspect to be the same subject who was walking around in the street earlier … when she left with her husband to go to the mall,” according to arrest documents.
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