'Officer, I just stole this car,' man tells LAPD
Two Los Angeles police officers were stopped at a light near Olympic Boulevard and Broadway about noon Monday when a motorist pulled alongside them and made a startling admission: "Officer, I just stole this car," the man reportedly told the incredulous cops.
After follow-up questions, Christian Borro, 27, said he had stolen the 2000 Honda Civic from an apartment complex in San Diego using a screwdriver to bypass the ignition, said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon.
According to Vernon, the suspect said he approached the officers not because he was burdened by guilt or because he panicked when he saw them but because he was "almost out gas."
“It almost sounds like he was afraid of being stranded if the car ran out of gas, or maybe he didn’t want to waste his own gas money on someone else’s car," Vernon said. "Don’t try to make sense of it. If crooks really thought their crimes through, they wouldn’t do them in the first place."
Born in Guam, Borro told police he was a student at Miramar College near San Diego. Police said he has a history of arrests including receiving stolen property and for stealing cars -- and also is on probation for car theft.
"The amazing thing was the owner had no idea her car was missing and had not reported it," Vernon said. "So there was no way the officers could have singled out the car as stolen in this case had it not been for Borro’s declaration."
-- Andrew Blankstein (Twitter.com/anblanx)
Image: Map shows location of where a man surrendered himself to police in Downtown after stealing a car in San Diego. Source: Google Maps