Officials: Man stole car to face theft charge

Monday, November 9, 2009

VALLEJO, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol said a man stole a car to make a court appearance on a previous auto theft charge.

Patrol investigator Chris Linehan said he arrested Samuel Botchvaroff on Tuesday as he sat inside a stolen 2000 Range Rover at the Vallejo courthouse. The 24-year-old Botchvaroff had just left his arraignment on auto theft charges from an Oct. 31 arrest.

Linehan said the Range Rover's LoJack system helped him locate the vehicle, which had been stolen from Oakland earlier Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Botchvaroff told officers his car had been impounded, and he had no other way to get to his arraignment.

He was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property.

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