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Police say Brooksville man duplicates key after test drive, steals pickup truck

BROOKSVILLE — A 19-year-old Brooksville man is accused of stealing a pickup truck after test driving it at a used-car dealership, then leaving with the ignition key.

At about 5 p.m. Oct. 1, Christopher Joseph Cox test drove a 2000 Dodge Dakota pickup at Paul Clark Enterprises, 201 Ponce De Leon Blvd., according to the Brooksville Police Department.

During the drive, authorities say, he agreed to buy the vehicle. Afterward, he left the dealership, taking the key with him. He then had it duplicated.

When the business closed, he came back, returned the original key and used the duplicate to steal the truck, Brooksville Police reported.

Cox took the truck to his home at 1305 Howell Ave., where he said he sold it to an unidentified person from Georgia.

As of Tuesday, authorities had not found the truck.

Cox faces a charge of grand theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of driving with a suspended license and one count of violating probation.

He was booked at the Hernando County Detention Center on Friday, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $4,750 bail.

Danny Valentine can be reached at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432.

Police say Brooksville man duplicates key after test drive, steals pickup truck 10/09/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 6:55pm]
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