Police: Man says phone app told him to steal car

Police: Man says phone app told him to steal car

A man told officers he stole a car because a phone app told him it was his, according to Thibodaux police.

The victim parked the car outside of a Thibodaux business Wednesday night around 7:20 p.m. in the 1600 block of Canal Boulevard. The victim went inside and when they returned, the car was gone, police said.

After investigators were contacted, the vehicle and suspected car thief were located on Hausley Street near Ledet Street. Lionel Adams, Jr., 46, of Thibodaux, appeared intoxicated and failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Adams told police he had an app on his phone that said the car belonged to him, so he drove it away. After further questioning, police say Adams admitted the car wasn't his. Police also said Adams had been banned from the business he was at just before allegedly stealing the car because he had stolen from that store in the past.

Adams was placed under arrest for theft of a motor vehicle, DWI and entering and remaining after being forbidden. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.

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