Friday, April 30, 2010

California Man Arrested For Driving A Stolen Vehicle

By John Larson

MAGDALENA - A California man learned last Friday in Magdalena that drawing too much attention to himself could get him arrested, especially since he was driving a stolen car.
According to a Marshal’s Office Incident Report, Deputy Brad Welton was called to Trail’s End Market at 6:40 p.m. on a report of a suspicious person roaming about outside the store asking people for money.
Welton was initially unable to locate the suspect, later learned to be a Christopher K. Kimble, 30, of Sacramento, Calif., but did notice a white four-door Dodge sedan with no license plate parked and locked on South Ash Street about 200 yards around the corner from the market.
After a security check of other businesses in the area, Welton noticed the same vehicle parked at one of the gas pumps at the Conoco service station, although all of the pumps were clearly bagged over indicating they were out of commission.
The criminal complaint said that a man matching the description of the reported suspicious person was seen walking away from the vehicle. On questioning, the man identified himself as Kimble, and told Welton that he had just purchased the car several days ago with a $400 down payment to someone named Pedro in California. He had no driver’s license or registration, but instead produced a high school freshman ID card. He also produced a Mastercard debit card, which had not been signed, nor had a name on it.
A check with NCIC showed the car had been stolen from a used car lot in Glendale, Ariz., and a Mastercard representative said the debit card had been reported stolen.
Kimble was arrested and transported to the Socorro County Detention Center. The car was impounded and the owner of the used car lot in Glendale said the car was valued at $8,500.
Kimble waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over to district court Wednesday. He will be extradited back to Arizona, according to marshal Lary Cearly.

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