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Car thieves arrive to court in another stolen car

By Mason White 3:43 PM April 6, 2017
John Benavidez (left) and Alfonso Rodriguez
John Benavidez (left) and Alfonso Rodriguez
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) Police officers in New Mexico, are frustrated that they have to repeatedly use their resources to arrest the same criminals.

Police in New Mexico, said that they received about one phone call a week about a stolen vehicle.

Many car owners now install LoJack, which is a stolen vehicle recovery system to help police locate their stolen vehicles.

One day, while police were searching for a stolen SUV, they followed the Lojack signal to an apartment complex near Jefferson and Montgomery.

Officers arrived at the home at around 9:00 a.m., where they found the stolen SUV parked at the complex. Moments later, the two men got into the car and drove off.

Officers followed the vehicle, and to their surprise, the men stopped and walked to the Metropolitan courthouse.

The driver, 20-year-old Alfonso Rodriguez, and the passenger, John Benavidez, 19, who have a criminal records, were arrested without incident.

Police said that Rodriguez got out of jail a few days before this incident, and he was on his way to get an ankle monitor for the previous crime.

Benavidez has two prior arrests over stolen vehicles.