Accused thief: Car was already stolen

On March 29, 2012, in Theft, Vehicles, by djeyli

Minneapolis police said that a man accused of driving off with a department bait car told officers that the car was already stolen when he obtained it.

Investigators said that Joe Anthony Arnold, 24, was pulled over, shortly after driving off in the bait car.

There were several placed around the city in a bid to nab car thieves.

“After being informed that he was being arrested for auto theft, defendant Arnold stated that the vehicle belonged to a friend of his,” Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Paul Scoggin wrote in the criminal complaint.

“When officers stated that the vehicle belonged to the city of Minneapolis, defendant Arnold further stated that he could not get in trouble as the vehicle was already stolen.”

Arnold pointed out the car had a “peeled” steering column, which gives thieves the ability to bypass the ignition lock and start the car.

Arnold and his passenger, Jelora Jade Clark, 29, were charged with car theft on Tuesday and were each jailed in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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