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 June 4th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of Rodney Lance for stealing a car, stealing a gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a valid license, other charges pending
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies have charged a 35-year-old Port St. Lucie man for stealing a car and a firearm, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and driving without a license, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We arrested Rodney Lance, of 1793-D Bella Vista Way, for stealing a red 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck overnight from a resident of the Savanna Club near Bella Vista Way where Lance lives," Sheriff Mascara said. "We also charged Lance with stealing a .32-caliber Kel-Tec semiautomatic pistol with a fully loaded seven-bullet magazine on May 22 from a vehicle stolen from the Bella-Vista neighborhood where Lance lives."

Sheriff Mascara said detectives were investigating five recent stolen car cases from Savanna Club on South U.S.1 north of Port St. Lucie including the Ford Ranger theft and that additional car theft charges are pending against Lance.

A deputy spotted the stolen pickup at 7:37 a.m. near North 17th Street and Avenue D, Fort Pierce. The pickup matched the description in a stolen-car bulletin broadcast over local law enforcement radio channels. Deputies stopped the pickup and detained Lance.

Another deputy in the early morning hours of May 22 recovered the Kel-Tec pistol at the scene of a car wash burglary in Port St. Lucie. City police are investigating that burglary with the assistance of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's investigators found Lance's fingerprints on the pistol.

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.

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