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RPD arrests woman in alleged tractor-trailer theft


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An Albuquerque woman was arrested Wednesday in Roswell when she was found inside a semi tractor-trailer that was reported stolen.

Francine Douglas (Submitted Photo)

Francine N. Douglas, 41, who is charged with one count each of receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle or motor vehicle; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to court documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Police received a call at 3:42 a.m. Wednesday from the Albuquerque Mail Service reporting that the GPS on one of its trucks, which had been reported stolen, showed that the truck was in the Sam’s Club parking lot in the 4500 block of North Main Street in Roswell.

Court documents state the truck was hooked up to an empty 53-foot trailer when it was stolen from an Albuquerque airport.

When Roswell police arrived at the scene, the semi was found parked in the south end of the Walmart Supercenter parking lot with one female inside of it.

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Despite being urged to exit the vehicle multiple times, the woman did not comply with the order by officers. One of the officers then opened the door to the truck, at which time she reportedly stated the officers did not ask her for an ID.

“The female was then extracted from inside the truck and placed into handcuffs where she was then identified as Francine N. Douglas,” court documents state.

After she was transported to the Roswell Police Department, Douglas was read her Miranda Rights by one of the arresting officers before she began speaking in another language. She then refused to talk to the officer and then allegedly told the officer, in English, that she was going to rip his face off, according to court documents.

Douglas, electronic court records state, was released Thursday on her own recognizance following an initial appearance in Magistrate Court. She will next be required to appear in court Feb. 4 for a preliminary examination in the case.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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