Man came to court on charges of car theft in a stolen car

Pedro Marrero
Mar 15, 2018
11:43 P.M.

The motor vehicle theft rate in the United States has been reduced to less than a half from 1990 to 2016, but there are some petty criminals who won’t give up trying to get away with it.


Local news outlet from Hartford, Connecticut, the Hartford Courant, reported on the unbelievable case of a man who apparently showed up to court to face stolen car charges driving a stolen car.

The strange piece of news broke on March 7 and was rapidly repeated by numerous newspapers. It has draught a lot of attention because of the incredible foolishness or his total disdain towards authority.

And he might have walked away freely from that last offense if it weren’t for the Hartford Parking Authority. Their officers were going through a routine procedure of scanning license plates checking for parking violators when they found a car reported as stolen.

They quietly waited for the driver of the car to show up to question him, and to their surprise, it was no other than Jonathan Rivera, 25, who had just answered to a citation regarding his involvement in the theft of another car.


The incident took place at the Superior Court in Hartford. It transpired that Rivera didn’t think of a better idea for his ride to court than stealing another car. As soon as the unaware and not-so-smart delinquent entered the car, he was approached and arrested.

For this, Rivera was charged with second-degree larceny and taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission. He had shown up to the court that day over charges of first-degree larceny and tampering with a motor vehicle.

It is unclear what the outcome of the original citation was for Rivera, and he is yet to face trial for his most recent breaking of the law. He surely will spend some serious time behind bars after this.

As Fox News reported, it is also unclear, but given his unwise behavior, it doesn’t seem that he had received any legal advice regarding his presentation at court. It’s hard to believe it anyhow that he thought this was a good idea.

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