PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A Port St. Lucie man is accused of stealing a car and a gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a valid license, according to a media release from St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
Rodney Lance, 35, was arrested on Tuesday for stealing a red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck overnight from a resident of Savanna Club on South U.S.1 north of Port St. Lucie, according to the release.
Authorities said detectives were investigating five recent stolen car cases from Savanna Club, including the theft of the Ford Ranger and that at 7:37 a.m. a deputy spotted the stolen pickup near North 17th Street and Avenue D in Fort Pierce. Deputies stopped the pickup and detained Lance.
The stolen Kel-Tec pistol was recovered by another deputy in the early morning hours of May 22. The pistol was found at the scene of a car-wash burglary in Port St. Lucie and Lance's fingerprints were found on the weapon, according to the release.
Lance was jailed April 22 on a grand theft charge and was released May 20 after the charge was dropped. He has a previous car burglary conviction in Broward County, a burglary conviction in Palm Beach County and a stolen car conviction also in Palm Beach County, according to the release.
The sheriff's department said that Lance could face additional car theft charges.