Crack Rental in the News
KLBJ radio recently reported that a man took a Chevy for a test drive and didn't return it. A few hours after he drove off, he reported the vehicle stolen. Police later found the vehicle being driven by another person who said she bought it for 2 rocks of crack. The person who took the car has been charged with theft and is in jail. Why theft and not unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (UUMV)? If the vehicle is worth more than $20,000 then the offense carries up to 10 years in prison while the maximum for UUMV is only 2 years in the state jail. Lessons we learn from this offense - don't wait two hours into a test drive to report the car stolen. Next, someone who buys a car for crack is not your friend and will rat you out in a heartbeat if they get arrested for UUMV. Then you may be looking at drug charges as well as theft charges. Third, crack rentals do happen and people frequently make up stories about their car being stolen rather than admitting to their mommas or girlfriends that they sold the car for drugs. Sell or rent a car for crack and you'll probably get caught. If you get caught, you will need a good lawyer.