ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - A car dealer captured footage of a suspected car thief taunting their surveillance cameras right before stealing a vehicle from their lot.
The suspect had visited the dealership and spoke with John Creel, the owner of Creel Motors on 66th St. N. in St. Petersburg.
"[He was] very nice," Creel recalled. "He was talking about getting his mom a car."
Creel said security video shows the young man noticing a set of keys on the side of a Kia Soul. He yanks them as he walks by, and then seems to show off.
"He is walking by the camera, waving at the camera, showing the keys," Creel said. "It just shows it is blatant disrespect: 'I am going to do this and you can't do anything about it.'"
Just before 9 p.m., surveillance video showed the key cavorter coming back; this time, for the car itself.
The video showed him bashing the Kia Soul through the space between two other vehicles.
"He had to push his way out," Creel said.
There was damage to both cars and, presumably, the stolen vehicle.
"It is just amazing on how crooks don't think in today's day and age, with the security cameras and footage, that they are not going to get caught," he said.
Pinellas deputies are looking to find the thief, while Creel said he has to dip into his company's bank account for the approximately $1,000 it'll take to repair the fenders.
"For a small mom-and-pop operation, it hurts the pocket," he said.
Creel said it also hurts that a young man thinks it's a point of pride to steal a car -- and even brag about it beforehand.
"Why bother, for a simple joyride or something?" asked Creel. "It's just ridiculous in today's world."