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Man allegedly stole car to drive to court

March 11, 2009 at 7:40 PM

CINCINNATI, March 11 (UPI) -- Authorities in Ohio said a man accused of stealing a car took the vehicle so he could drive to court for his arraignment.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Betsy Sundermann said John Spinnie, 42, allegedly stole a Chevrolet Uplander so he could drive to his 9 a.m. Tuesday arraignment at the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of stealing $1,800 worth of jewelry, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Wednesday.

Sundermann said Spinnie was pulled over by a Cincinnati police officer before he reached the courthouse and was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property. The suspect claimed an unknown man had allowed him to use the car for a $10 fee.

Spinnie was arraigned on both charges Wednesday by Hamilton County Municipal Judge Fanon Rucker. His bail was set at $5,000.

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