According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint a man stole a car in Aitkin County from a car dealership and drove it to Burnsville, still with the dealer plates, where he was stopped the next day. The alleged thief denied it was theft and instead gave a much more legal reasoning for his driving the car instead.
From the complaint:
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, at approximately 2:30 p.m., a car dealership in Aitkin County, Minnesota, allowed a white male in his thirties with short dark hair, a goatee, and numerous tattoos on both arms and neck to test drive a white 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo with dealer plates. The vehicle was listed for sale for $6,000. The male drove the vehicle northbound on Highway 169. At 4:00 p.m., when the vehicle had not yet been returned, the car dealership reported the car stolen. The man who took the car had arrived at the dealership in a white Tahoe, Minnesota license plate 184-HNH. The dealership was able to contact the people who had driven the man to the dealership. They reported that the man’s name was Scipio Royle.
On Sunday, March 11, 2012, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a Burnsville police officer observed a white Monte Carlo with dealer plates exit Interstate 35-W to southbound Highway 13 in the city of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota. The officer checked the plates and learned the vehicle was listed as stolen. The Monte Carlo, which was approximately 127 miles from the dealership, was stopped and the driver was identified as Scipio Sextus Maximus Royle, date of birth 6/2/1971. Royle’s physical description matched the physical description given by the dealership. Royle was advised of his rights pursuant to Miranda, which he stated he understood and agreed to give a statement. Royle stated he traded a half gram of heroin with “Jaimie B” to use the vehicle to drive to the casino. Royle had no further information about “Jaimie B.” Royle stated that he had traded heroin for the use of vehicles in the past and that the people then reported their car stolen so they could get it back.
Complaints like these just write the questions for me:
- 1. What do you think of this dude’s name? Do you think he’s living up to his pedigree with this sort of behavior? Do you think perhaps he had it legally changed because it would sound better in police reports?
2. If you were to steal a car would you ever think to tell the police that the reason you had it was because you had traded heroin for it? Do two wrongs suddenly make a right?
3. Are you surprised that the dealership waited an hour and a half to report the car stolen? What is the longest amount of time you’ve ever taken a test drive? How often has someone from the dealership not gone with you to try and help along the sale?
Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.