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FHP releases images of suspects in vehicle theft and hit and run

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 08:49:50-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- We're getting our first look at the three men Charlotte County deputies say stole a Jeep with the owner’s face printed on it on earlier this week.

Deputies say the pictures seen here are from a Florida Highway Patrol trooper’s car.

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Suspects in theft of a Jeep in Charlotte County on June 5, 2019.

FHP says the three men were walking on the side of Interstate 75 in Charlotte County so a trooper picked them up and gave them a ride to a gas station.

After the trooper left, deputies say the three men stole a Jeep that had been left running while the owner went inside -- a Jeep covered in graphics advertising a local realty team.

That led to deputies chasing the suspects, who crashed into another car before speeding off.

Deputies eventually found the Jeep abandoned off I-75 in Bradenton.

If you know who these men are, deputies ask that you contact the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 941-639-0013 or Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.