Man Arrested for Auto Burglary in Jail Parking Lot Hours After Release

Florida man caught breaking into cars after he's released from jail: Cops

A Southwest Florida man found himself in jail twice within a couple hours after authorities say he tried to break into cars in the parking lot of the jail he'd just been released from.

Donald Gartner, 48, was arrested around 6:30 p .m. Sunday by Pasco County Sheriff's deputies for causing a drunken disturbance in Land O' Lakes, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Authorities said they responded to complaints of a man urinating in a yard and spotted Gartner crawling out from under his neighbor's bushes with his shorts on backwards and low on his hips.

Gartner told deputies he was looking for cans of paint in the bushes, then changed his story and said he was trying to replace a porch light. A sheriff's report said Gartner was "extremely intoxicated" and had admitted to drinking six beers and taking six Oxycodone pills.

Deputies took Gartner into custody, and he was released from the Land O' Lakes jail around 10 p.m.

But his freedom was short-lived.

Authorities said Gartner went to the jail's parking lot to wait for a ride, but started trying to get into cars in the lot. He was arrested again at around 11:45 p.m.

Gartner told a deputy he hoped the cop was "not mad at him for attempting to get into the cars," the arrest report said.

He was being held Tuesday on $2,000 bond. It was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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