A man was reportedly arrested after police say he tried to steal a car, but not just any old car.
20-year-old Aaron Rodriguez III tried stealing a Fort Pierce police patrol vehicle that was parked at the Fort Pierce Police Department. All while with a Fort Pierce police officer in it.
Reports say, the incident happened about 5 a.m. July 17 as Officer Robie Troutman was in his patrol vehicle at the main police station on South U.S. 1 writing a report, according to his report.
“While in my vehicle, I heard the rear passenger side door handle make noise and then the front passenger side door handle make noise, where I was positioned seated in the driver seat of my clearly marked Fort Pierce Police Department Patrol vehicle,” the official report stated. “Rodriguez said he saw my vehicle was running so he attempted to steal the vehicle so he had a ride home.”
Troutman opened his door and reported seeing a man later identified as Aaron Orlando Rodriguez III ran away and hid behind another vehicle.
Troutman and another officer detained Rodriguez and found two cell phones, a portable speaker, a $20 bill and a pipe with marijuana residue.
Rodriguez was arrested on charges including attempted grand theft of a motor vehicle, loitering and prowling and possession of drug equipment.