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Bench warrant issued for woman charged in tractor-trailer theft


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Francine Douglas (Submitted Photo)

A bench warrant was issued Wednesday for a woman who faces charges after she was allegedly found last month in a stolen semi tractor-trailer.

Judge K.C. Rogers of Chaves County Magistrate Court issued the bench warrant for Francine Douglas, 41, of Albuquerque after Douglas failed to show up at 8:30 a.m. for a preliminary hearing, Emily Fry, deputy district attorney for Chaves County, said.

Douglas, who is charged with one count each of receiving a stolen vehicle or motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer was released by Rogers on her own recognizance Jan. 5.

Conditions of her release included remaining in Bernalillo County where she resides, maintaining contact with her attorney and showing up for her scheduled court appearances.

Court filings state Douglas, in the early morning hours of Jan. 20, was found by a Roswell police officer inside an Albuquerque Mail Services semi located in the south end of the Walmart Super Center parking lot in the 4500 block of North Main Street.

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Roswell police had received a call at 3:42 a.m. from the Albuquerque Mail Service notifying police that the GPS on the semi — which had been stolen from an Albuquerque airport while hooked up to a 53-foot empty trailer — indicated that the semi at the time was in the Sam’s Club parking lot in the 4500 block of North Main Street.

When officers encountered Douglas, she reportedly refused to exit the semi, despite being asked repeatedly to do so. Officers responded by opening a door on the truck, extracting Douglas and placing her in handcuffs.

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. According to court filings, Douglas refused to talk to the officer before allegedly telling the officer, in English, that she was going to rip his face off.

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

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