Florida Man Charged With Stealing BMW That He Tried To Buy With Food Stamps

Image via Martin County Sheriff’s Dept.
Image via Martin County Sheriff’s Dept.

Florida Man is at it again. This time, he attempted to answer the question: “Why buy food, when you can get a really ugly BMW instead?” Authorities say that he’s been charged with stealing a car after a dealership declined his offer to purchase it with food stamps.


According to Fox 29, 36-year-old Nicholas Jackson went to a BMW dealership in Pompano Beach, Fla. and offered to purchase a $60,000 BMW X6 using a combination of his EBT card and credit cards. Management at the BMW dealership were a bit confused, and refused his business.

On its Facebook page, the Martin County Sheriff’s department says that Jackson then broke into the dealership the next day and stole the BMW along with keys to 60 other vehicles. Despite the his determination, sheriff’s officials say he did not have enough money to fill up the tank on the stolen car. He ran out of gas and was apprehended shortly after.


Jackson has been charged with grand theft auto and is currently in jail with a $20,000 bond. Maybe something a little more fuel-efficient would have been a better pick?

Tom is a contributing writer for Jalopnik and runs AutomatchConsulting.com. He saves people money and takes the hassle out of buying or leasing a car. (Facebook.com/AutomatchConsulting)

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PotbellyJoe and 42 others

When I sold Hummers, and the H2 was popular (for that 22 month period in time) we had a resident alien (it’s important) customer come in, put a down payment for $25k on a truck, go through the paperwork and drive home, across state lines.

The check bounced except for ~$8,000 of it.

So over the course of a week, we had about 12 conversations all following the same line of discussion:

“Just bring the truck back, no harm no foul.”

“No, I want this truck.”

“Okay then you’ll have to finance the additional $17k, come in a re-sign the contract with the bank, they’re willing to loan you that.”


“Ok, then we will have repossess it.”

“No, this truck is my destiny.”

Now since he was across state lines and a bank was already involved, we had to involve the lender and the FBI. (this was the second of three times I got to work with the FBI in my sales career)

He hid the truck in a garage down the street from his restaurant, apparently thinking it would eventually blow over, I don’t know nor do i pretend to understand. However, he was arrested for it and in the indictment phase, my boss dropped the, “I guess it’s his destiny.” much to the laughter of our group.

The guy was ultimately deported because of it, or at least had his status revoked so he would have legally been told to leave. I stopped paying attention after awhile.

Moral of the story, sometimes people really want a certain car and will jeopardize their life and livelihood to get it. It’s stupid, I don’t get it, but it does happen.