Man steals car, runs out of gas in McDowell Co.

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. – A man was caught stealing a car after it ran out of gas on Fairview Road, according to the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.

Joel William Robinette, Jr., 37, of Marian, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Deputies say the victim reported his 1993 Acura Integra was stolen after visiting with a friend on Harmony Grove Road.

The victim told deputies there were several people in the house at the time, including Robinette.

On following day, the vehicle was recovered after deputies found it on the side of the road with Robinette in the driver’s seat. The car had run out of gas, deputies say.

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