Skip to content
Name: People v. Rivera
Case #: D040216
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 06/18/2003
Subsequent History: Rehrg. den. 6/18/03

Appellant and a companion were seen sitting in a parked Ford Escort. The car’s windows had been broken, and the interior was in disarray. Appellant was then observed exiting the car, throwing papers and a screwdriver on the ground. He ran when he saw police officers. Appellant was convicted of auto burglary, and on appeal, challenged the sufficiency of evidence that the car had been locked. The appellate court here affirmed. It was not rational to conclude that the car was not locked, when the window was broken and had not been broken six hours earlier.