Monday, November 12, 2012

Weird Crime: Service (and Grand Theft Auto) with a Smile.

West Hartford, Connecticut

On November 9 of 2012, 45-year old Keith Hinds decided to steal a car.

As luck would have it, a truck that was being used to deliver Chinese food to a local middle school was idling nearby...and the driver had just gone inside to sell his MSG-laden goodness. Hinds quickly got in the car, shifted from park into the drive, and drove off with his new set of wheels (and a lifetime supply of sodium).

When the driver came back outside, he was dismayed to discover that his vehicle was gone. After calling the police, he then called his boss to inform him that the rest of that evening's orders would not be delivered.

But when the restaurant called their customers to inform them that they would not be enjoying their order of  heavily salted goodness (followed by an evening of stomach cramps and possible diarrhea), they got quite an unexpected response: The deliveries were still being made.

"The new guy seemed a little bit
 squirrely, but he was still really nice."

It turns out that Hinds wasn't satisfied with simply stealing a truck; he had also decided to continue delivering the food and pocket the cash (or he felt really guilty about people not getting to eat their General Tso's chicken).

Regardless, he had still stolen a vehicle needed to be brought to justice.

The West Hartford Police set up a sting at one of the houses on the restaurant's delivery list that evening. When Hinds showed up and got out of the car, the officers moved in and made the arrest.

"...and completely ruined our dinner."

Keith Hinds was charged with grand larceny along with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and failure to keep drugs in the original container (?).

He is currently being held on $5,000 bond.

...and learned that sometimes it pays to NOT show any initiative

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