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State Police: suspect claimed bait car was ‘a gift’

Robert Hoelscher, 32

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.