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Fort Myers man faces two felony charges in grand theft case out of Sarasota

Kaitlin Greenockle
Fort Myers News-Press

A Fort Myers man was arrested Friday in Lee County in connection to a criminal case in the city of Sarasota.

Brent Acord, 37,  was charged with grand theft over $20,000 and criminal use of personal Information over $5,000, according to a Sarasota Police Department news release. Both crimes are felonies in Florida.

Brent Acord

In May, the victim told officers an unknown person was fraudulently using his personal information to buy a vehicle. The victim found out about the fraud when he received a letter regarding a vehicle loan that he did not open, according to a Sarasota Police Department arrest report.

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Sarasota Police detectives discovered the same suspect used the same victim’s information to purchase a powersports vehicle from a business in Punta Gorda in April.

Police officers obtained the Florida driver's license that was used in April to purchase a 2020 Honda Pioneer worth $21,179.54. The driver's license contained all of the victim's information, but the photo on it was of Acord.

Acord also used the victim's social security number to fill out the application forms.

Police obtained the original application form for the Honda Pioneer and were able to get prints that matched Acord, the report states.

On Friday, Acord was arrested in Lee County by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office on separate charges for failure to appear. He also was served with charges related to the Sarasota case, the release states.

Acord was released from Lee County Jail after posting bond Friday. He has a Sept. 30 court hearing scheduled  for his failure to appear charges in Lee County.

Police ask anyone with information on this case to call Detective Ross Revill at 941-263-6092 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS or online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.