Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
May 4, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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Man Arrested for Grand Theft of More Than $50,000 in Illegitimate Purchases

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.––Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Daytona Beach Police Department and the Lantana Police Department today announced the arrest of Michael Lane Tolan, 24, of Estherville, Iowa. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tolan based on an affidavit filed by FDLE agents for felony grand theft involving the purchasing of more than $50,000 in illegitimate sneakers, sportswear and cars.

During the investigation, the Lantana Police Department reported to FDLE that Tolan stole from car dealerships and retail stores throughout Florida. The investigation revealed Tolan entered several Orlando area locations of a retail chain and made more than $50,000 in illegitimate purchases. Also, the defendant allegedly fraudulently purchased two used cars at separate dealerships. Tolan manipulated the credit card machine causing it to generate a receipt even though the purchase remained invalid.

Tolan is being held on a no-bond status pending extradition. The Daytona Beach Police Department and the Lantana Police Department assisted in the investigation and the Attorney General Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.