CRIME
05/02/2014 04:59 am ET

Timothy Frederick Knight Allegedly Stole Car To Attend Court Hearing About Stealing A Car

San Mateo County Sheriff

On the one hand, accused car thief Timothy Frederick Knight showed up for his court hearing last month. On the other hand, he's accused of stealing another car to do it.

He obviously wanted to make sure he didn’t fail to appear,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the San Mateo Daily Journal.

Knight, 53, allegedly stole a Honda Accord in Daly City, outside San Francisco, last month. Police found the car parked in the street and placed a tracker in it.

The next day, Knight allegedly drove the Accord to court. He was arrested after leaving the hearing in the vehicle, SFGate reports.

Police say the screwdriver used to punch the ignition was still on the floor.

Knight has seven prior felony convictions, CBS SF reported.

He has pleaded not guilty to the new charges, and is currently in custody in lieu of $165,000 bail -- $65,000 for the first case and $100,000 for the second.

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