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Brooksville man charged with stealing Jeep from Rogers Park

Hernando Today staff reports

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SPRING HILL - A Brooksville man was arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing a Jeep from Rogers Park with the keys left inside of it.

A mother and her daughter were having a good time at the park when they noticed a shirtless Kevin Brendan Quirke Jr., 35, of Bessemer Road, jump into their Wrangler and take off, according to an arrest report.

They called 911 and provided a description of the vehicle and Quirke, and the direction he left in.

A Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputy spotted the car at a red light at the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way. After waiting for another unit to respond, the deputy pulled Quirke over at the Circle K at 6227 Deltona Blvd., according to the report.

Deputies ordered Quirke to get out of the vehicle and lay flat on the ground with his hands at his sides. Quirke complied, the report shows.

"I was going to bring it back, just take me in, that's all I want is to go to jail," Quirke told deputies, according to the report. "That is a badass Jeep man, I felt bad and was going to bring it back."

After placing Quirke into custody, deputies asked him why he did it.

"I was waiting for a cab and didn't want to wait, so I hopped in the Jeep cause the keys were in it," the report quoted Quirke as saying. "I heard everyone yelling at me as I was driving it out of the park, but I didn't want to bring it back because I was going to have to fight with them. I know I messed up and this ain't my first rodeo, but I need time away."

Quirke was arrested on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license, second offense, jail records show. He is being held at Hernando County Jail on $2,500 bond.

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