How it happens In 2018 police arrested a man outside a county courthouse when he got into what police had found to be a stolen vehicle. Officers had noticed the car when one of their ALPRs or Automatic License Plate Readers had alerted them that the vehicle was reported stolen. Following protocol, they simply stayed within reach and when the operator returned and tried to get into the car he was arrested. It just so happened that he was returning from a date inside the courthouse itself over a previous arrest for grand theft auto. The truth is that there are more stolen cars out on the road than most people realize.