OKEECHOBEE — An Okeechobee man was found guilty of stealing two vehicles earlier this week and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Bryan Thomas Pound went before Circuit Court Judge Sherwood Bauer on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and entered a plea of no contest to two counts of grand theft-auto.
The judge found Pound guilty and ordered the two sentences to run concurrently and that Pound, 47, will receive credit for the 142 days he has already spent in the Okeechobee County Jail.
Pound, of a N.W. 38th Avenue address in Okeechobee, will also have to pay a total of $2,535 in restitution to the victims as well as all court costs and fees.
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) arrest reports show Pound was first arrested on April 13 after he stole a vehicle about a week earlier, indicated a probable cause affidavit by OCSO Detective Corporal Ted Van Deman.
According to Cpl. Van Deman’s affidavit, Pound took a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier on April 6 then drove it for four days. He then gave the car to someone else to repay a debt he owed.
Pound was again arrested on April 17 in connection with the theft of a 1995 Ford Ranger pickup from the Publix Supermarket parking lot. This theft occurred on March 15, stated a report by OCSO Deputy Cody Hurst. Deputy Hurst handled the initial complaint.
A report by OCSO Detective Mark Shireman indicated the case was assigned to him on March 16. His report also stated the vehicle was unattended, unlocked and the keys were in the ignition.
Detective Shireman also stated Pound gave the truck to another man and “… asked him to get rid of it.”
A records check shows this will not be the first time Pound has been sent to prison.
Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) records show Pound has been in and out of prison since being convicted of burglary and grand theft in St. Lucie County in 1987. He was sentenced to three years, but was released Sept. 27, 1989. Pound has been sent to prison four more times since then.
Wednesday’s appearance before Judge Bauer also was not Pound’s first time.
In 2006, Judge Bauer sentenced Pound to 13 months in prison after he was convicted of dealing in stolen property and grand theft-firearm.
Pound served six months of that sentence.
Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News