Saturday, Apr 19, 2014
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Man charged with stealing water dept. car


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SPRING HILL - A Spring Hill man was arrested last Friday and charged with stealing his father's car, then using it to steal another car from Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Eric Nielsen, 53, allegedly took car keys from under his father's pillow as his father, Philip Nielsen of 1010 Archway Drive, was sleeping, according to an arrest report.

Eric Nielsen allegedly drove his father's 2002 Buick Regal to Southwest Florida Water Management District at 2379 Broad St. Nielsen's father reported the vehicle as stolen.

Once at this location, Nielsen parked the vehicle on the north side of the parking lot facing the business. A Southwest Florida Water Management District employee parked a company owned 2007 GMC Canyon pickup in front of the main entrance with the keys still located inside the vehicle.

The employee exited the vehicle and left it unattended. Nielsen then exited his father's car and entered the 2007 GMC Canyon, driving away from the property until about two hours later, Nielsen was seen driving the stolen car in the area of 12150 Vespa Way in Brooksville.

Nielsen was stopped and, being the sole occupant, was taken into custody and placed under arrest for grand theft, transported to the Hernando County Jail, and held on $2,000 bond.

Nielsen told police he took the pickup truck because it was white and he needed to figure out what he needed to do with it, according to the report.

When asked why he left the vehicle at the above location and stole another vehicle, Nielsen told law enforcement they would not understand the weight on his shoulders, and discontinued the conversation.

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