Car theft suspect says he just needed a warm place to stay



Posted on April 25, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 7:56 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane judge released a suspected car thief from jail without bail last Friday. The man confessed to KREM 2 News that he stole two other vehicles in the week he has been released.

Roscoe Wood, 24, is now locked up with an enormous bond of several hundred thousand dollars. He said all he wanted was a place to sleep.

“Really I was just looking for a warm place to stay. I don’t have nothing. I don’t have a home. I’m homeless. I don’t have a family. Nothing. Nobody,” said Wood.

Wood said he found cars that had the keys in them and took them. He said he used house paint to mask the identity of two of the cars.

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Police said they arrested Wood last Thursday for possession of a stolen vehicle. Wood told KREM 2 News that because of his limited criminal history, the judge released him without bail.

On Easter Sunday, Tony Copler parked his car at work near the Logan Neighborhood. Less than two hours later, the car was gone.

Copler’s car was found Wednesday on fire in an alley a few blocks from Roger’s High School with a new paint job.

“Someone put a bomb on it and tried to hurt me,” said Wood.

Wood also admitted to using meth. He said he stole another car on Thursday and tried to hand paint that one as well. Police said when neighbors approached him, he tried to ram their vehicles, and then fled on foot.

Wood said a caught him and beat him up.

Wood appeared in court Friday for three separate cases. The judge set his bond at $100,000.