Minutes after being released from jail, a Florida man was arrested in the parking lot for breaking into cars

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Casey Michael Lewis was a free man for about 15 minutes, not even leaving the grounds of the jail where he’d been locked up before being arrested again.

The 37-year-old had just been released Thursday from the Saint Lucie County Detention Facility in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he’d been held on grand theft charges, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit says after he was released, Lewis then began walking around the jail’s parking lot “acting suspicious and checking vehicle doors.”

Surveillance video showed Lewis looking into cars and opening the door of a silver vehicle, according to the affidavit. The report says Lewis entered the vehicle from the driver’s side and sat in the car for about two and a half minutes. He then exited the vehicle and walked around the length of the lot, checking vehicles along the way by either looking into the windows or lifting door handles to see whether they were unsecured, the affidavit said.

While Lewis was in the parking lot, he was approached by an officer. He told the officer he was “waiting for his girlfriend,” according to the affidavit.

The arresting officer said in the affidavit that when Lewis was approached, questioned and finally arrested he gave the officer a brown paper bag with items from a vehicle. The items included an iPhone 7, four packs of cigarettes, a lighter, one Visa bank debit card, a Florida driver’s license and $547 in cash.

Lewis was arrested on charges of burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property and taken back inside the jail.

CNN reached out to an attorney who represented Lewis in a previous case but got no immediate response. It could not be determined whether Lewis was being represented by that attorney or another lawyer in the latest case.

Maria Entner, a spokeswoman for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, said Lewis was released — again — the same day, but this time deputies made sure a person was there to pick him up.

 

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