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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Florida the rules are different here Chapter XCI

Teenage thieves try selling a Stolen Bentley automobile valued at $200,000 at a gas station for $30,000. Isn't this a great state or what?

Linked to- Basil, Bullwinkle, Woman Honor Thyself,

DELRAY BEACH — Like a seasoned car salesman, Michael Jarman shook the man's hand and congratulated him on being the proud owner of a 2007 Bentley.

Except the man was an undercover cop who knew the $200,000 car was stolen.

Police said Jarman, 19, was the deal maker and that he arranged for his friend Robert Nichols, 18, to take the luxury car from the driveway of a home in St. Andrews Country Club early Thursday. Both men are from Boca Raton.

Acting on a tip that Jarman wanted to sell a stolen Bentley for $30,000, an undercover "buyer" met him in a gas station parking lot around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Jarman assured the "buyer" he was a professional.

"He told me he checked all the cars in the area to make sure no cops were there. ... He was very cocky," officer Todd Clancy said Friday.

After Clancy showed him the money, Jarman made a phone call and said his "boys were getting the car," according to an arrest report.

At that moment, Nichols reportedly backed the Bentley out of a driveway on Melrose Castle Lane. In less than half an hour, the blue Bentley pulled into the Mobil station at Linton Boulevard and Military Trail.

The car grab was planned earlier in the day, Nichols told police, saying Jarman called him and said, "We're going to do the deal tonight."

Nichols, who said he grew up with Jarman, was going to be paid $10,000 to steal the car and drive it to the gas station, according to the report.

"Mike has been casing the neighborhood for a long time and knows where all the cars are," Nichols told officers Mark Lucas and Jason Jabcuga after his arrest. "Mike told me the keys are in the car and told me to meet him at the Mobil gas station. ... When I pulled up, he told me to get out, give him the key and keep walking."

Nichols said another man, whose name he did not know, got him into St. Andrews Country Club, an exclusive gated community off Clint Moore Road.

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