Car Stolen? You May be Liable for Crimes Committed Later by Thief.

Car Stolen? You May be Liable for Crimes Committed Later by Thief.

This is a discussion on Car Stolen? You May be Liable for Crimes Committed Later by Thief. within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9028236 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that a person can be held responsible for a car thief's crash if the ...

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    Car Stolen? You May be Liable for Crimes Committed Later by Thief.

    http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9028236
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee appeals court has ruled that a person can be held responsible for a car thief's crash if the keys were left in the vehicle.
    I don't know if this will stand up on appeal but to think that if you leave your keys in your car and it gets stolen, and then you can be held liable for a crime that is committed by the theif just doesn't set right with me. Any thoughts on this? Is this something that is common in other States as well?
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    It just might stand.

    Maryland has a law that allows a ticket with a hefty fine for cars stolen because not only are the keys left in them, but they are left running and UNATTENDED on cold mornings. Law enforcement finally got tired of having to chase down stolen cars that someone walked up to and just drove off.
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    Just because I left my car running does not mean I gave you permission to take it and commit other crimes with it. BAD LAW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstickle View Post
    It just might stand.

    Maryland has a law that allows a ticket with a hefty fine for cars stolen because not only are the keys left in them, but they are left running and UNATTENDED on cold mornings. Law enforcement finally got tired of having to chase down stolen cars that someone walked up to and just drove off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    Just because I left my car running does not mean I gave you permission to take it and commit other crimes with it. BAD LAW!
    guess the same would go for a child playing with a loaded gun...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladenbullet View Post
    guess the same would go for a child playing with a loaded gun...
    the penalty snt for the accident...its for giving someone the opportunity to take the car without any resistance...ever heard of an attractive nuisance?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladenbullet View Post
    guess the same would go for a child playing with a loaded gun...
    I agree. You may not be driving the car or shooting the gun but if you made it available in such an easy manner you should be held responsible.

    Years ago when I had roommates, my buddy goes out to start his truck. As I am sitting there eating breakfast before work and he's talking to me waiting for the truck to warm up, it gets stolen. We didn't even hear it back out of the driveway because when my roommate went out to leave for work, he comes back in seconds later saying "my truck is %$*!@$# gone!"

    The truck was found only about 3 or 4 blocks away where it had been rammed into a parked car on the street. My buddy only found this out when he called the police later. It was not their highest priority to look for a truck that had been left in such an easy/tempting manner. I don't blame them for not making it a priority.

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    Originally Posted by bladenbullet
    guess the same would go for a child playing with a loaded gun...
    I agree. You may not be driving the car or shooting the gun but if you made it available in such an easy manner you should be held responsible.
    You do not see a difference between the two? In the first case the emphasis is on protecting children from harm. Before a certain age we presume children need protection.
    That is a huge difference from being held responsible for the illegal actions of someone who knows they are doing wrong.

    I can see the reasoning of those who wanted to sue over the twin towers for not being protected. By not having the buildings protected by a ring of anti-aircraft missiles they in effect left the building parked with the keys in it for any terrorist who happens by.

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    So, for those that think a running car is an "attractive nuisance"...do you REALLY expect any type of security from those galss windows in your home? They are SOOOOO easy to break, it's not Johnny ROttens fault he broke into your home...he could see that big screen from the road and the flimsy glass made him feel the urge to take it. If you didn't want him to take it all your walls would be solid brick.
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    Wow! How times have changed. When someone left their horse tied to the post out in front of the store and some dirt bag stole it...if caught he was hung, and the horse's owner was not fined just because the horse thief committed a crime with the horse.
    That's what we need to get back to...you steal a car, they hang you, right then and there...let the body hang for all to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Maybe if you guys beg me, some day I'll tell you how I REALLY feel.
    The world may not be ready for the truth by retsupt99!

    For what it's worth I agree with ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Wow! How times have changed. When someone left their horse tied to the post out in front of the store and some dirt bag stole it...if caught he was hung, and the horse's owner was not fined just because the horse thief committed a crime with the horse.
    That's what we need to get back to...you steal a car, they hang you, right then and there...let the body hang for all to see.

    Maybe if you guys beg me, some day I'll tell you how I REALLY feel.
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    The world may not be ready for the truth by retsupt99!

    For what it's worth I agree with ya.
    +1. Nothing but support for that plan here... If they're not careful there's going to be some "southern justice" going down around here. We've had a rash of problems around here lately. Folks aren't taking to kindly to their vehicles being broken into and stolen and their homes ransacked. The local LEOs haven't caught the buggers yet and folks are getting mighty testy, at least in my "neighborhood" anyway. Need these fools to get caught and made an example of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    Just because I left my car running does not mean I gave you permission to take it and commit other crimes with it. BAD LAW!
    There are many criminals that doesn't care and sees it as an easy steal. I could never understand people that leave their cars running outside the convenience store when they just run in for a few minutes. It doesn't take many seconds to steal a car. If a car is stolen in my area, it means that my insurance will go up because it's considered an un-safe area.
    If people need to leave their car running while they leave, spend $200 on a remote starter that will let the car run if the key is removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Wow! How times have changed. When someone left their horse tied to the post out in front of the store and some dirt bag stole it...if caught he was hung, and the horse's owner was not fined just because the horse thief committed a crime with the horse.
    That's what we need to get back to...you steal a car, they hang you, right then and there...let the body hang for all to see.

    Maybe if you guys beg me, some day I'll tell you how I REALLY feel.


    ^^^^^^^^^I agree^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    This is an Idiotic notion.

    This is akin to, fining someone who leaves their garage door open, and some thugs steal a lawn mower, and then cuts off the toes of their neighbors kid.
    They would blame the guy whose lawnmower was stolen?

    What a bunch or nincompoops







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    And I guess it would be my fault if I got carjacked because I drive a desirable vehicle! It would also be my fault when I shoot the BG because I am baiting them with said vehicle. Mark Twain was right, idiots are running the place.

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