Hobbs police say a Hobbs man was found with almost $100,000 worth of stolen items after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the 1400 block of North Turner Street.
Rogelio Cervantes, 37, of Hobbs, was arrested on Sept. 15 on a warrant for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony.
A second man was also arrested when he was found in possession of the vehicle and fleeing on foot after leaving it in an alley.
Zakery Jarrett, 31, of Hobbs, was arrested on Sept. 12 and charged with receiving or transferring stolen vehicles, a fourth-degree felony.
On Sept. 12, HPD officers were called to Rig Outfitters, locat – ed on the 1400 block of North Turner Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The victim told officers he was inside the store, and when he walked out his grey 2019 Ford F350 pickup truck, valued around $78,000, was missing.
“(The victim) advised he left the vehicle running with the keys inside, ” the criminal complaint states.
The victim told officers there were also several items inside of the vehicle valued at approximately $21,000.
The owner of Rig Outfitters gave officers video footage of the theft, that showed a male approaching several vehicles before coming to the F350. The male was later identified as Cervantes, and he was seen inside of the truck, backing out, and exiting the parking lot.
Around 8:50 p.m. the vehicle was located by HPD traveling at a high rate of speed down Main Street.
The vehicle turned onto 6th Street and was abandoned in an alley on the 1000 block of East Main Street, when Jarrett ran.
During his arrest, Jarrett told officers he “don’t have anything to do with a stolen truck” and was “running after Israel.”
“His friend … was not in the area where the stolen vehicle was located even after officers watched (Jarrett) fleeing from the area of the stolen vehicle,” the criminal complaint states.
Cervantes told officers he was instructed by a friend to “take the vehicle” and bring it to his residence for money.
Cervantes told officers Jarrett and another male identified as “Chapo” were only supposed to go to the store after the vehicle was taken but when they saw the cops, they ran. He said Jarrett was arrested and the other person lives on Main.
Jarrett was released on a 10 percent cash bond of $2,500. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination on Sept. 22 before Magistrate Clipperr Miller.
Cervantes was released on Sept. 16 on an unsecured bond of $5,000. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination on Oct. 20 before Magistrate Clipper Miller.