Car Thief Busted in Stolen SUV Hours After Release From Jail

Convicted car thief doesn't wait long before allegedly stealing SUV

By Brian Hamacher
|  Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:56 AM EDT
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Hours after his release from prison on a grand theft auto conviction, a man was back behind bars in Sarasota County after authorities say he was caught driving a stolen car.

Gabriel Miller, 31, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, about 12 and a half hours after he was released from jail after serving two months of a six-month sentence for stealing a car, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Miller had been busted in September 2011 after he stole a Chrysler 300 in Indiana, drove it to Sarasota County and stole a Ford Mustang from a local car lot, according to the SSO.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, Miller was a free man. But a deputy patrolling Siesta Key Beach around 6:30 p.m. spotted Miller behind the wheel of a Range Rover that matched the description of a car stolen from the Ritz-Carlton earlier that day, authorities said.

Miller pulled into traffic to try to get away from the deputy, but eventually was stopped and taken into custody at gunpoint, authorities said.

Miller was charged with grand theft auto and driving with a suspended license and was being held on $15,000 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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