Friday, 20. December 2013
“That’s my car right there,” the victim said, while pointing at the passing vehicle.
The officers quickly hopped in their vehicle and sped after the suspect. After giving chase for a few blocks, authorities were able to get the driver to pull over.
As they approached the vehicle, the officers noticed the license plate matched the description provided to them by the victim just minutes ago.
The officers asked Matthew Thao, 30, why he was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. He said he “got the car from a friend of his brother-in-law, who got the car from down the street.”
Thao conveniently added that he did not know the friend’s name, and wasn’t aware that:
- The car had been punched; It had been started forcefully using an object other than a key to trigger the ignition; and
- A broken anti-theft device sat in the passenger’s seat.
Not surprisingly, authorities didn’t buy Thao’s story, and he was quickly arrested. He was released from jail two days later after he was formally charged in Ramsey County District Court.
Related source: Pioneer Press