Man Swipes Woman's Car During Movie Date

Florida man faces grand theft charges in movie date car heist

Dates that end without a goodnight kiss generally haven't gone well, but how about a date that ends in grand theft auto?

That's exactly what happened to a Tampa-area woman during a movie date, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested Michael Pratt, 27, on grand theft charges Wednesday after he went on a joyride with his date's car.

Pratt, from New Port Richey, and his 35-year-old date were watching a movie when he asked for her keys, saying he wanted to get something from her car.

But when Pratt didn't come back, the woman grew suspicious and called him.

"I stole your car," Pratt told the woman, according to the PSO.

The woman waited two days before calling authorities to report the 2012 Ford Focus, a rental, stolen.

Four days after their date, Pratt called the woman and told her he'd dumped the car in a New Port Richey Walmart parking lot, authorities said.

The car was found and so was Pratt, who was arrested and charged with grand theft. He was being held Friday on $5,000 bond, and it was unknown whether he has an attorney.

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