At New Port Richey man is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center after he walked out of a movie at the Cobb Theatre at The Grove shopping center and stole his date’s rental car, while she was still inside watching the action flick, “Immortals.”
On December 7, Michael Pratt, who previously has been arrested in Pasco County for fraud, grand theft, uttering forged bills, possession of drugs and failing to return rental property, was in the movie theatre with a friend, Sarah Bush, when he asked for her car keys. According a report by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Pratt told Bush that he needed to grab something from her car, which was a rental from Enterprise, and that he would be right back.
No more than 30 minutes later, Bush called Pratt to see what was taking him so long.
“Ha ha, I stole your car,” said Pratt, 27, before hanging up on her.
As Pratt fled from the movie theatre in the stolen Ford Focus in an unknown direction, which had approximately $2,000 of Bush’s personal belongs inside, she was left to find her own way home, said a PCSO report.
For two days, Bush attempted to make contact with Pratt, who sports a red Mohawk and a large tattoo of a spider on his neck, with no success. She then contacted PCSO and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to report the sedan stolen.
Two days after Bush reported the car stolen and four days after their date at the Cobb Theatre, Pratt called Bush, who lives in Zephyrhills. According to the report, he told Bush that he had dumped the car in a Wal-Mart parking lot in New Port Richey, roughly 20 miles from the movie theatre from where he stole it. PCSO deputies found the car at the Wal-Mart and then arrested Pratt at his home at 8604 Knob Hill Ct. in New Port Richey.
Pratt has been charged with one count of Grand Theft Auto and is currently being held on a $5,000 bond.