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Keeping Rental Car Seven Months Nets Prison Term

Posted: January 3, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Delbert Raymond Price upgraded from a Hyundai to a Mercedes Benz when he arrived in Orlando, Fla., in February and kept it for about seven months. Price was arrested in August while driving the car in Springdale.

Legal Lingo

Theft of Leased or Rented Property

A person commits the crime of stealing leased or rented property if, with the intent to deprive the owner of their property, they purposefully fail to return leased or rented personal property to the place and at the time specified in a written agreement; conceal or aids in the concealment of the property from the owner; sells, encumbers, conveys, pawns, loans, abandons or gives away the leased or rented property without the written consent of the lessor; or, returns the property to the lessor at the end of the lease term but does not pay the lease charges agreed upon.

Source: Staff Report

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