A car thief with perhaps a bit of an an entrepreneurial spirit — although, like-wise, a tad short in the brains department — was arrested in Hartford, Conn. late last week, following a profit-making but not-so-discrete joyride.
Car thief takes a food delivery vehicle
Kevin Hinds, a 45 year old man from West Hartford, Conn., was arrested on Friday Nov. 9. He was booked on charges of stealing a Chinese food delivery car, as well as for several unrelated drug charges.
Earlier that day, a delivery driver parked the delivery car outside of a middle school, although it is unclear if the reason for that that stop was to make a delivery. While he was inside, Hinds came along. Apparently, the opportunity was too hard to resist. Hinds allegedly drove off in the food delivery vehicle.
Thief becomes a delivery man for a day
But just stealing a car wasn’t enough of a gain for Hinds. He got greedy, and that also became his undoing.
Hinds, allegedly finding himself behind the wheel of a vehicle loaded with hot Chinese food and the addresses where the orders were meant to go, decided to complete those deliveries and pocket the customers’ cash for himself.
Any port in a storm for this unscrupulous opportunist.
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‘But, our food has already been delivered’
However, when the delivery driver reported to his boss that the car had been stolen, the manager took it upon himself to call the customers who had not yet received their food, jsut to let them know that it would not be coming.
But then one of those customers told the manager that their food had already been delivered.
The manager then informed the police of the impending deliveries. That, according to NBC, gave Hartford PD all the information it needed to track the alleged thief. They simply staked out the rest of the delivery locations on the list and waited for Hinds to show.
Caught holding the bag…
Hinds was nabbed and booked for grand larceny, as well as for unrelated drug charges. he was found holding some marijuana — under half an ounce, according to New York Daily News — and some drug paraphernalia.
According to FOXCT.com, Hinds was held on a $5,000 bond and was due to appear in court on Tuesday. The delivery car was returned to the restaurant.