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Motor Vehicle Theft and Arrest

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Department: Sheriff
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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Jennifer Hillmann
Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office

At 6:30 a.m. this morning, Thursday, April 24th, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a residence in the 3400-block of Settlers Road regarding a vehicle theft. A suspect entered and left the scene with the resident's white Chevy pickup, which had been in the driveway unlocked and left running. 

An off duty Sergeant with Larimer County Sheriff's Office was in the area and followed the suspect in the stolen truck, giving Larimer County Dispatch updates on the suspect's location until on duty units arrived in the area and were able to take over. The suspect who stole the truck crashed the vehicle in the 6600-block of Stove Prairie Road and was taken into custody shortly thereafter. The truck was towed from the scene and released to the owner.
 
The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old JOSE EDUANDO MUNGUIA-BAEZA, DOB: 120987. Mr. MUNGUIA-BAEZA was booked into the Larimer County Jail and charged with one count of Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, a class five felony, and one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for items found with him at the time of arrest.
 
Sheriff Smith warns residents that vehicle break-ins do typically increase during the summer months and many of those break-ins are preventable if people will lock their doors and keep valuables out of sight. A reminder that visible electronic equipment like cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices and cameras as well as wallets and purses are all an invitation to a potential thief for a vehicle break-in. Be sure to remove chargers and suction cups which broadcast the presence of electronic equipment in a vehicle. Leaving your vehicle unlocked, even in your driveway, also makes you an easy target for a thief. 
 
Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity they observe. Larimer County deputies will be doing extra patrols this summer, as time permits, but it takes only a minute to enter and steal an unlocked vehicle or to smash a window and remove valuables from inside.
 
The charge(s) are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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