PORT RICHEY — Michael Scott Hodge was being evicted for not paying rent. The court had ordered him to pay $950 by Friday.
Authorities say the self-employed metal scrapper came up with a plan to raise some cash: He dismantled the patio of the rental home at 9737 Morehead Lane.
A deputy saw Hodge, 40, ripping off the porch Wednesday and asked if he was "planning on scrapping the metal for money," according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
"Of course I was going to," Hodge replied, the report states.
Neighbors called the landlord, who lives in England. He contacted his attorney, who then called authorities, the report states. The lawyer said the landlord has been trying to have Hodge evicted "for months of failure to pay" rent.
Hodge was arrested and charged with grand theft. He was released from jail in less than five hours on $2,000 bail.