LATEST: Long walk home caused Delray man to steal vehicle, police told


A Delray Beach man is accused of larceny after he allegedly stole a vehicle Wednesday from a dealership where he worked because he didn’t want to walk home, according to an arrest report.

Devante Smith, 23, is facing charges of larceny between $20,000 and $100,000 and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting a $5,000 bond.

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Delray Beach police pulled over Smith after they saw him allegedly run a stop sign at Southwest Eighth Avenue and Southwest First Street while behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

Smith told officers the vehicle belonged to the Delray Nissan dealership and said he was employed there, according to the report. But police learned that Smith did not work for Delray Nissan. He was employed as a detailer for a company contracted to the dealership and did not have permission to use the vehicle.

Smith later allegedly admitted to removing the keys from the dealership’s key-tracking system and taking a paper tag that he placed on the vehicle.

“Smith stated that he took the vehicle because he works long hours and it was a long walk to his house from his job,” an officer wrote in the report.

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