Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives Thursday night arrested an Englewood East man for allegedly stealing a car, crashing it into another, then breaking into the Grove City Fire Station.
Ryan James "RY RY" Gros, 33, 7313 Ellis Lane, is accused of stealing a $4,000 fire engine radio scanner and faces six charges
CCSO received a call Thursday at 5 a.m. to respond to a car theft at 2781 12th St. in Grove City. The car owner and Gros had left a partyand got into the car. The owner forgot something and went back into the home. Gros then drove off and struck a car parked alongside the roadway on the grass and kept on going. Witnesses told police Gros was highly intoxicated when he left the party.
At 3 p.m. the stolen car was located about three blocks from the Grove City Fire Station. It was parked in the middle of the road on Pelican Street where it ran out of gas.
At 7 p.m. deputies located Gros and transported him to the CCSO Englewood Office for questioning. Gros said he was heavily intoxicated and doesn't remember what actually happened during the night. He said he did remember being at Jr's Lounge and Bar with friends and then going to a home in Grove City. He says he only remembers stopping at a fire station and somehow obtained a fire department scanner but did not remember if he entered the fire house or obtained the radio from outside the station.
Detectives charged Gros with grand theft auto (Chrysler LHS), burglary to fire station and a conveyance (fire engine), grand theft, burglary to a Jeep and petty theft. He was jailed on $18,000 bond.