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Man Posts Bail For Second Time After Allegedly Stealing Same Car In Riverside County

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JURUPA VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — A man posted bail Saturday for the second time in four days after being arrested twice for stealing the same luxury Bentley coupe.

Robert Franklin Ponti, 46, was arrested Friday after allegedly convincing impound yard operators to release the same 2005 luxury car he allegedly stole and had been arrested with earlier in the week.

The Bentley, which was taken from Brea, in Orange County, was spotted outside Ponti’s Jurupa Valley house Tuesday.

A Riverside County sheriff’s deputy ran the license number which showed the coupe had been lifted during a home burglary.

After the suspect was arrested for possessing a stolen vehicle, deputies stored the luxury car at a Riverside-area tow yard.

Ponti was released Wednesday after posting $5,000 bail, according to officials.

On Friday, the suspect was arrested again after tricking tow yard operators into releasing the car to him.

He was held on suspicion of fraud, forgery, possession of stolen property and committing a felony while out on bail.

Ponti posted an unspecified bail on Saturday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.

It was unclear where the Bentley has been parked.

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