Florida Man Released From Jail Arrested Again For Attempting to Steal Car From Jail Parking Lot 26 Times

A Florida man — who was released from jail on Monday — was arrested again later that day after he attempted to break into 26 cars in the jail parking lot because he needed a vehicle "to use for transportation."

Dennis Libonati, 68, of Homosassa, was released from the Land O' Lakes Detention Center in Pasco County, Florida on Monday after he was sentenced on a misdemeanor battery charge to 265 days of probation and anger management classes earlier that day, according to The Smoking Gun. Libonati had reportedly been held in jail since his arrest in mid-March.

At around 10:30 p.m. that evening, authorities responded to a "complaint of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the LOL [Land O' Lakes] Detention facility," according to a criminal complaint. Upon their arrival, police found Libonati located in an area of jail property restricted to officials use only.

Video surveillance of the parking lot showed the defendant "attempting to enter 26 vehicles in the common parking area by pulling on door handles," but "all vehicles were locked so entry was not made," the complaint said, adding that two sheriff's office vehicles — a Dodge Ram pickup truck and a Kawasaki Mule ATV — were among those he attempted to break into and steal.

"The defendant accessed the bed of the pickup truck by partially removing a cover over the top," the complaint said. "The video also showed the defendant spending several minutes at the ATV."

During questioning, Libonati admitted to officers that he had tried to break into "all the aforementioned vehicles with the intent to steal one to use for transportation," according to police. He also admitted he had attempted to "hot wire" the ATV before authorities confronted him.

Libonati was arrested without incident and booked on 28 charges, including 26 counts of attempted auto burglary for each car he tried to get into, one count of grand theft and one count of auto burglary. He also faces a probation violation count over the sentence he received earlier that day after being found guilty of battery.

Land O' Lakes, a census-designated place in Pasco County, Florida, is safer than 66 percent of cities, towns and villages of all sizes in America and has a crime rate lower than 89 percent of all communities in Florida, according to Neighborhood Scout. Land O' Lakes' roughly 32,000 residents have a one in 100 chance of becoming victim to a violent or property crime, a figure much lower than the average in America, which is one in 36.

Florida man Dennis Libonati
Dennis Libonati, 68, who was released from jail on Monday, was arrested again this week after he attempted to steal a car from the jail parking lot 26 times. Pasco County Jail