Published October 28, 2008
SAN ANSELMO, Calif. – Police have charged a man with stealing a Lexus SUV he drove to court the day a jury was to decide whether to convict him in a separate auto theft case.
Tony Van was arraigned Monday on charges of receiving a stolen vehicle and receiving stolen property after police saw him approach the stolen Lexus in front of the courthouse with its keys in hand.
Police were attracted to the SUV after bystanders noticed several Yorkshire terriers mulling around it.
Van was also charged with animal cruelty and leaving animals in an unattended vehicle.
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old San Francisco hairstylist was convicted in the other case. He was charged with possession of a $125,000 Porsche Carrera that had been stolen from a San Anselmo home.