A Hartford man was charged after police say he stole a car being used to deliver Chinese food, and then continued to deliver orders to pocket the profits.
Keith Hinds, 45, of Tower Avenue, was charged Friday with third-degree larceny, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to keep drugs in the original container.
Police received a call from a Chinese food delivery driver reporting that his car had just been stolen at Bristow Middle School on Highland Street after he had left it idling to run into the school, police said.
The driver also called his boss at the restaurant to tell him about the car theft, so that the restaurant could call remaining customers and tell them that their orders were stolen along with the car, police said. The people at the restaurant told the driver that one of the orders had been delivered after the theft, presumably by the car thief, police said.
With two deliveries remaining in Hartford, police were able to find the stolen car and Hinds at 55 Farmington Avenue, where police say he was making another delivery, police said.
He was also in possession of a crack pipe, a joint and an anti-psychotic drug in a bag, police said.