Po­lice ar­rest Jupiter man on grand theft auto charges

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By EL­LIOTT WENZLER

A Jupiter man was ar­rested in Palm Beach on Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice say he stole a West Palm Beach lawn care com­pany’s truck.

Gre­gory Rainer, 55, was charged with grand theft auto over $20,000 and driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense, ac­cord­ing to court records.

The Yohe’s Lawn­care & Land­scap­ing truck, a 2017 Isuzu, had been parked in front of The Epis­co­pal Church of Bethesda-bythe-Sea while the work­ers ate their lunch, said the com­pany’s owner, Brent Yohe.

When the work­ers went to eat close by, they left the truck’s keys in the cup holder.

Af­ter only a few min­utes, they heard the truck start­ing and saw a shirt­less man, cov­ered in tat­toos, driv­ing away, Yohe said.

The work­ers im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied po­lice, who were able to lo­cate the truck, which had a large com­pany logo on the side, within about 20 min­utes, Yohe said.

Rainer was stopped at Royal Poin­ciana Way and Bradley Place, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

“The town of Palm Beach po­lice was awe­some,” Yohe said.

The com­pany’s truck was full of equip­ment at the time, in­clud­ing mow­ers, trim­mers, saws and hedge trim­mers, Yohe said. He val­ued the truck and the equip­ment at $75,000.

Yohe said he was “ab­so­lutely shocked” that the crime took place on the is­land.

“We all do it,” Yohe said, re­fer­ring to leav­ing the keys in the truck. “It’s con­ve­nient; we’re in and out of these prop­er­ties.”

But af­ter the in­ci­dent, a new pol­icy re­quir­ing work­ers to hold onto ve­hi­cle keys was put in place, Yohe said.

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