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Man steals new BMW after dealership refused to accept food stamps as payment

By Mason White 6:55 PM March 20, 2016
Nicholas Jackson 

By: Feng Qian
A man was arrested on a charge of theft after stealing a new BMW from a car dealership because employee refused to accept his food stamps as payment for the car, police in Florida said.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 36-year-old Nicholas Jackson, after being accused of fleeing the dealership with the BMW.

Jackson was charged with one count of grand theft auto. He was booked into the Martin County Jail, and his bail was set at $20,000.

According to the police investigation, managers at an auto dealership in Pompano Beach, declined to sell the $60,000 BMW to Jackson, after trying to make a payment with his EBT card (electronic benefit transfer).

The next night, the business was burglarized. The BMW was gone, and so were the keys to 60 other vehicles.

The following morning, officers responding to a suspicious person call, located the BMW and the stolen keys. They also found Jackson, the man who appeared determined to have that BMW one way or another.

It turns out that Jackson stole the car and the 60 sets of keys, but he didn’t have the money to fill the gas tank, and he ran out of gas at the intersection of SW Baneberry Trail and SW High Meadow Avenue in Palm City.

When detectives began to piece the scenario together, they were able to trace the car and the keys back to the Pompano Beach dealership.