Attention Criminals: Stealing Celebrity Chef Kent Rathbun's Yellow Porsche Is a Fool's Errand

Categories: Crime

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Alice Laussade
Local chef Kent Rathbun has a very practical reason for driving a neon yellow Porsche.

"Everyone knows it's you," he told The Dallas Morning News a couple of years ago. "That's a good thing and a bad thing, actually. Part of the reason I like it is because when it's in front of the restaurant, people know I'm here. And if you're going to have a yellow car, it might as well be a 911."

Conversely, when someone is dumb enough to steal a neon yellow Porsche, it tends not to stay stolen for long.

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Keithan Brown
According to Dallas police, 24-year-old Keithan Brown was on a minor burglary spree in the Bluffview area around 11:30 Thursday morning. First, he allegedly entered a Desoto woman's unlocked Chevrolet parked in the driveway of a home on Rock Cliff Place, taking a purse and wallet. Then, he rounded the corner, crossed Inwood Road, saw himself into Rathbun's unlocked home, and grabbed the wallet and car keys from atop the kitchen counter.

Officers were already en route to investigate the initial car burglary by the time Brown drove away. Shortly after they arrived, they broadcast an alert for their fellow officers to be on the lookout for a yellow Porsche.

Shortly thereafter, a plainclothes officer spotted the car pull into the parking lot of Knights Inn at Empire Central Drive and Stemmons Freeway.

Brown was taken to the Dallas County jail, where he's being held on a $26,500 bond for burglary of a habitation and burglary of a motor vehicle. He has not, so far, been charged with car theft.

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35 comments
bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

What an odd use of the phrase, "fool's errand".

drb33
drb33

What I find really disturbing is that Mr. Rathbun and his family were the victim's here and yet I see he's still the victim verbally by several cowards listed here who comfortably hide behind a computer typing hurtful comments putting down a man who has worked very hard to achieve his success. It's a very sad world to see such jealousy. It's easy to hate from afar.

Just-Sharon
Just-Sharon

I wasn't going to read this until I noticed the Attention Criminals and I assume serial killing falls into that category.  Yet if you want to chat about theft, the price he charges for mashed potatoes at Blue Plate Special is the crime the flipped me on  the support of the death penalty for exce$$ive overpricing on comfort food.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

The green ones are faster.

Lorlee
Lorlee

Who leaves their house unlocked??


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

What's incredible is that Rathbun can actually squeeze himself into a Porsche.  One would think he'd be driving an Escalade. 

WylieH
WylieH

I didn't think DPD typically takes much (if any) immediate action in response to reported car thefts.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Just another example of the bias in city services.


Why didn't Rathburn get the usual: "Here is your service number for your insurance claim.  Give us a call if you have any new information."?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@bvckvs

What an odd complaint.

fool's errand (plural fools' errands)

(idiomatic) A foolish undertaking, especially one that is purposeless, fruitless, nonsensical, or certain to fail.

Stick to flunking math, Bucky.

Threeboys
Threeboys

You chose to order. The prices are on the menu.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@WylieH 

Perhaps they heard that there was a news crew on the scene.

ezradallas
ezradallas

@WylieH hey did not know it was his car when the call was made, so come up with a new story please

tdkisok
tdkisok

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul


.........and there is a VERY good chance that his neighborhood asso pays the DPD extra money for more patrols. Yes, it is done. Ask anybody who lives north of Flagpole Hill in Lake Highlands. That is why 3 rapes in the area got "end of the world coverage" in the local media while it took months for any coverage for the 8-10 rapes in the hood around Fair Park. Money people, it's all about the money.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Just-Sharon


I head Joan Rivers doesn't like it when people steal her jokes.



WylieH
WylieH

That's good to know; I've got no agenda.

gabbahey
gabbahey

@tdkisok North Oak Cliff has additional out of pocket patrols as well, and a defacto batphone hotline to the SW Patrol Division. (edited for clarity, looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines)

timdickey
timdickey

@tdkisok This program, "Extended Neighborhood Patrol" is DEFINITELY a class-divider in Dallas. It's disgusting how North Dallasites, who scream bloody murder at the prospect of paying an extra penny of ad valorem taxes so all of us can have more police protection will gladly pay $250-300 a year out of pocket so off-duty police, driving our taxpayer-paid-for-and-maintained cars, can patrol their specific neighborhoods. 

chasd00
chasd00

@gabbahey my neighborhood does this ( Kessler Plaza in Oak Cliff ). Lots of problems with drug dealers / users in Moss Park until we all got together and paid for more patrols. It's not just 300/year, you have to get a percentage of your whole neighborhood to participate. It's difficult to get it done from scratch. Our neighborhood association president is pretty bad ass.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

@gabbahey Now You have to call  311 in  crime watch type situations rather than the sub station about an on going issues  Because the Substation isn't allowed to add "EXTRA "patrols ...They said  don't have the screen that allows them  to do it anymore .


casiepierce
casiepierce

@timdickey @tdkisok My neighborhood- Parkdale (south of I-30, east of Fair Park0- had ENP for awhile. It is an effective tool because the bad guys get wind of extra patrols and it pushes the crime off to other areas. We caught lots of drug dealers when we had our ENP. And, it's not all that expensive when you study your particular crime trends and focus the off-duty patrols to the times of day/week where there are the most crimes committed. I think we ended up paying about $1,000 to $1,200 a month extra and people were more than willing to pay for it.

Tipster1908
Tipster1908

@timdickey @tdkisok The city charges the neighborhoods who use off duty police for gas, depreciation on the vehicles, etc. If there is even a possibility that the city would have to make up that cost out of the general fund, they charge it to the users of the program. Having looked at those numbers, I'm actually pretty sure we are being charged in excess of the true non-cash costs. I'm fine with that because I value this service as an improvement to my standard of living. But to claim that we are somehow getting off duty police and sticking it to the rest of the taxpayers is incorrect.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@timdickey  So, you are frustrated that people with extra $$$ are OK with spending some of it on things of their own choosing, but are not so happy about having the local government take it away for "redistribution"?  How dare they!  Those selfish bastards!  Wanting to use their $$$ for their own benefit instead of yours!

Hey, my neighborhood took a hard hit from the last storm.  Will you kick in a few bucks to help us plant some new flowers?

Daniel
Daniel

@timdickey @tdkisok I actually did not know about that. Well, at least Republicans and Libertarians can rejoice. Yay! We finally actually live in the Third World!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

It's not just north Dallas. Forest Hills next to White Rock Lake pays for it too. I know because I live here.

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