A Connecticut woman recently phoned the local authorities after she says that her vehicle went missing. After the stolen vehicle was located in Hartford, Connecticut, it was suspected that the car owner’s recent house guest may have been responsible. He has since been arrested and charged with both burglary and larceny.
The woman claims to have initially suspected that her 20-year-old houseguest had stolen her car. Authorities were then able to utilize the vehicle’s OnStar service in order to pinpoint its location in a neighboring city. The man in possession of the stolen vehicle claimed that he purchased it for $3,000, and the man who had sold it to him matched the houseguest's description.
After being picked up by police, the houseguest later said that he let the man borrow the vehicle. This was purportedly an exchange related to drugs. The accused individual also apparently acknowledged that he spotted the woman’s car keys while staying at her home.
The vehicle was returned to its owner after Connecticut authorities arrested the house guest for burglary and larceny. With an approaching court date, he is currently being held on a $5,000 bond. Although the legal repercussions for stealing a vehicle can be steep if a conviction is obtained, the rights and innocence of this man must be maintained throughout trial court proceedings. In instances such as this, a defendant may choose to fight the charges to the fullest, while others may choose to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution in order to procure a lesser sentence. Which decision is the best depends upon the specific circumstances of each case.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "House Guest Stole Host's Car: Police", Jessie Sawyer, June 30, 2014