Car Theft Victim Sees Vehicle Drive By While Talking To Police

Friday, 20. December 2013

Car TheftA St. Paul man was describing his stolen vehicle to a pair of police officers when he noticed a strikingly similar car drive by.

“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

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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One Response to “Car Theft Victim Sees Vehicle Drive By While Talking To Police”

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