Delray police: Man steps into running rental car, steals it

A Delray Beach man on probation was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a rental car, according to an arrest report.



Guy James Mulberry is facing charges of vehicle grand theft, grand theft between $300 and $5,000 and resisting an officer without violence. Mulberry is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $14,000 bail.

The operator of the rental vehicle, a 2016 Ford Expedition, told Delray Beach police he parked in front of a laundromat at 718 George Bush Blvd. and left the vehicle running. The man said he stepped into the business briefly to ask about an item he had lost, the report said.

While the man was inside, surveillance video captures Mulberry allegedly running up to the Expedition, jumping in and quickly backing out, the report said.

About two hours later, Delray Beach police located the Expedition heading westbound on West Atlantic Avenue. The vehicle stopped at a convenience store and a passenger  got out and walked toward the store.

Police ordered Mulberry out of the Expedition but he did not respond, forcing officers to extract him from the vehicle, the report said.

Jordan Rodriguez, the passenger, was arrested for trespassing. Rodriguez told police he did not know the vehicle was stolen. Rodriguez was released on his own recognizance.

Records show that Mulberry is on probation until Nov. 12, 2018, after he was convicted in 2013 on two counts of burglary of an occupied structure. Records also show that Mulberry has been sentenced to jail or prison six times since 1984, mostly on grand theft and burglary charges.

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