ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say a man who stole a bait car in Albuquerque Friday night told officers it was given to him as a gift years before.
Robert Hoelscher, 32, was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, State Police watched Hoelscher get into a bait car around 8 p.m. near Central and Utah.
State Police say they stopped the bait car a few blocks away and arrested Hoelscher.
Hoelscher told officers the bait car was “a gift” and he had owned it for a few years.
“He could not name any persons who gave him the vehicle as a gift,” an officer wrote.