A man in Florida who was just released from jail for allegedly burglarizing several cars in the jail parking lot and got arrested again

  • A man in Florida was arrested on grand-theft charges shortly after being released from the county jail on Thursday, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Michael Lewis, 34, of Stuart, Florida, was reportedly irate and “yelling about not having cigarettes” after he was released, the police said.
  • Lewis was spotted walking around the parking lot at the jail “acting suspicious and checking vehicle doors.” One deputy who confronted Lewis said he had told him he was “waiting for his girlfriend.”
  • The deputy noticed Lewis was carrying cash and cigarettes, despite the items being considered contraband in jail. He was rearrested and later released on a bond of $US11,250, the sheriff’s office said.
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A man in Florida was rearrested on grand-theft charges shortly after being released from the county jail on Thursday, according to an arrest report from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said Michael Lewis, 34, of Stuart, Florida, was irate and was “yelling about not having cigarettes” after being released. He was then spotted walking around the parking lot at the jail “acting suspicious and checking vehicle doors.”

Video footage showed Lewis peering through car windows and lifting door handles. After entering an open vehicle, he sat in the driver’s seat for roughly two minutes, the police report said.

Michael Casey LewisMichael Casey Lewis/St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

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Lewis allegedly took several items from the cars he entered – including four packs of cigarettes, an iPhone 7, a debit card, a Florida driver’s licence, a lighter, and $US547 in cash.

One deputy who confronted Lewis said he had told him he was “waiting for his girlfriend.” The deputy noticed Lewis was carrying cash and cigarettes, despite the items being considered contraband in jail.

Lewis was originally arrested on grand theft charges and was released after posting bail. He was released again on a bond of $US11,250, the sheriff’s office said.

“JAIL IS BAD, BUT FOR SOME IT’S BETTER THAN HOME,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

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