Two Key Largo men and a man from Lee County spent the beginning of the holidays in Monroe County jail after deputies say the former stole a car from Fort Lauderdale Saturday.
The Lee County man, Brandon Shelby, 30, remains in county jail on $10,000 bond on felony possession of cocaine. The driver, Tyler Thomas Drakas, 21, was released Sunday on an $11,500 bond. He was booked on charges of grand theft auto and driving on a suspended license.
Cory Tolli, 27, also remains in county jail on a $10,000 bond on a grand theft auto charge.
According to Deputy Ignacio Molina’s arrest report, he received a call around 8 p.m. Saturday that a stolen 2017 Hyundai Elantra with Pennsylvania tags had just crossed the county line in Key Largo. Molina stopped the car as it was driving south on U.S. 1 at mile marker 102.
Fort Lauderdale police reported the car was stolen and Drakas and Tolli were suspects in the theft.
Deputies found a small plastic baggie containing cocaine in Shelby’s pockets, according to Molina’s report. A fourth passenger was in the car, but deputies released her because they determined she was not involved in the theft of the car, Molina stated.