Arrested at least 43 times, a West Palm Beach man got arrested again on Wednesday after he allegedly stole a construction company’s truck and $5,000 worth of items inside.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said that William Nelson, 54, has previously been arrested 18 times for burglary, 11 times for theft, and 14 times for grand theft auto.
At around 8 a.m. on Sunday, PBSO deputies responded to a home west of South Military Trail in West Palm Beach about a stolen vehicle. The victim, identified as Ciro Gonzalez, told deputies that a white Chevrolet van he uses for work was missing from his driveway. The van is owned by Gonzalez’s boss and can only be used with permission, the police report states.
Gonzalez’s boss told deputies he received a voicemail on his phone early in the morning asking if he gave a man named William Nelson permission to use the van, but he and Gonzalez confirmed to officers that they do not know Nelson.
Deputies later discovered that an officer pulled over Nelson at around 3 a.m. the same morning in the stolen van at an Exxon gas station less than half a mile away from Gonzalez’s home. The officer gave Nelson traffic citations for driving without his tail lights on and driving without a valid license. During the traffic stop Nelson’s behavior “appeared unusual and alarming,” the arrest report states. Nelson then left the scene on foot when the officer instructed him to leave.
Once Gonzalez and deputies arrived to the stolen van, Gonzalez said $5,200 worth of work tools were missing such as roofing guns, handsaws and an air compressor.
Deputies located Nelson at his home and arrested him on charges of grand theft auto, burglary and grand theft of less than $10,000. He is currently at Palm Beach County Jail on a $9,000 bond.