ECSO: Man Steals Car From Molino Restaurant Then Returns It

March 14, 2019

A man that stole a car from a Molino restaurant Wednesday morning didn’t get very far before he returned it, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office.

Tommy George Craig, 30, was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a charge of felony grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Witnesses told deputies they watched as Craig walked around the parking lot of Jimmy’s Grill on Highway 29 and then entered a vehicle. They said he pulled the vehicle away from the front of the business and then drove back, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“He didn’t really get very far,” said Amber Southard, spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. She said the vehicle had been left unlocked with the key fob on the center console.

Craig remained in the Escambia County Jail Thursday morning with bond set at $2,500.


13 Responses to “ECSO: Man Steals Car From Molino Restaurant Then Returns It”

  1. ALEX on March 15th, 2019 2:26 pm

    it is called joy riding .

  2. anne1of2 on March 15th, 2019 12:38 pm

    People buying used cars don’t even know the vehicle has a fob. Those cars are very easy to steal. A key was a great idea that lasted the life of the car. New and improved is just a gimmick.

  3. FarmHillBarb on March 15th, 2019 8:57 am

    Craig just wanted to see how it felt to seat in the driver’s seat before he went out and bought him one just like it!

  4. Jim on March 14th, 2019 8:47 pm

    David Huie Green you exercise way to much common sense. LOL You once again are spot on.

  5. April Pfeiffer Macks on March 14th, 2019 6:19 pm

    Wow. no he did not” just get in the wrong car”. Our establishment wasn’t yet open for the business day. he first attempted to enter another employees car, without success he moved on to another. He was clearly under the influence of SOMETHING!, by the way he was acting. on a lighter note…… I bet my sweet friend doesn’t leave her car unlocked anymore lol.

  6. Sage2 on March 14th, 2019 4:35 pm

    Once upon a time, not too long ago people could leave cars unlocked, keys in the ignition(some in the ’50’s) didn’t use a key except to lock the ignition…homes were unlocked and people tended to look out for one another. Morals are diminished, trust is lost for the most part and a person’s word must be accompanied by triplicate copies.

    Honesty is some child’s name, charity stays at home and trust left on the last train.

    Some things do change…for the worse. Our society, in general, is tainted!

  7. Anthony on March 14th, 2019 1:25 pm

    While employed at a prison I met several people that committed crimes in order to have access to medical care for surgeries that they could not afford. One older guy told me that he threw a brick into the windshield of a patrol car with the officer present so that he could get his teeth fixed. People get desperate sometimes. Maybe he really was hungry. Maybe the smells from inside sent him over the edge. Anyways they should have some tasty salmon patties for him at the inn. Glad he didn’t resort to violence.

  8. David Huie Green on March 14th, 2019 12:27 pm

    “Isn’t that more like borrowing it?”

    Not without the consent of the owner.

    “Perhaps he is not really a criminal, but in need of food, clothes and shelter.”

    You are what you do. If you commit a crime (even if I commit a crime) you are a criminal. The reason a crime is committed doesn’t usually change the fact that it is a crime. Even if he intended to eat the car, it wasn’t his to eat.

    David for distinctions
    (and more fiber?)

  9. JT on March 14th, 2019 11:15 am

    Apparently not everyone received notice of Jimmy’s Grill’s new valet program.

  10. EMD on March 14th, 2019 9:50 am

    Perhaps he is not really a criminal, but in need of food, clothes and shelter.That may be the motive of some more that do such things. Sad.

  11. paul on March 14th, 2019 9:39 am

    Isn’t that more like borrowing it?

  12. wondering on March 14th, 2019 8:09 am

    Did he get in the wrong car? Was this really criminal intent?

  13. Anne on March 14th, 2019 7:25 am

    Dear Daddy told me when I was first learning to drive that if I EVER left the car unlocked, or windows down, or Left the KEYS in it that would be the last time for a month that I’d have driving privileges.
    Never violated that Daddy Rule.

    Don’t understand this punk stealing vehicle and returning it out of remorse but he should get some time to think over what he’s done.
    Crime of OPPORTUNITY here.

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