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Man accused of breaking into auto dealership, stealing vehicle


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A local man faces criminal charges after he allegedly broke into an auto dealership, stole a vehicle and then refused to follow commands from law enforcement once he was found.

Ruben Coronado (Submitted Photo)

Documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court state Ruben Coronado, 31, of Roswell, is accused of breaking into a dealership in the 1300 block of Southeast Main Street Monday night, damaging the office and then stealing an orange 2018 Dodge Challenger, along with the keys to a Jeep Wrangler.

He is now charged with three counts of larceny and one count each of burglary; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle; receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicles; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Coronado was located and arrested by Roswell Police officers Tuesday morning in the 300 block of South Main Street. Court documents state Coronado initially failed to comply with the demands of officers, forcing them to extract him from the vehicle, place him on the ground and handcuff him.

An outstanding bench warrant for Coronado’s arrest for failure to appear in another case was quashed during his first appearance in Chaves County Magistrate Court, electronic court records state.

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Police were dispatched to the dealership at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a burglary reported by an employee, who said when he showed up for work that morning he noticed the Challenger, valued at $25,830, was stolen along with the keys to the Jeep Wrangler. A window to the employee’s office was also broken and drops of blood were found.

According to court documents, surveillance camera footage on the premises depicted a man, later identified as Coronado, approaching the building March 8 at 11:57 p.m. Coronado was later allegedly seen on the video walking toward two Jeeps and looking through their windows. Coronado was then allegedly seen going back into the building before coming back out, climbing into the Challenger and driving off the lot.

After an officer responded to the burglary Tuesday morning, a woman contacted police and informed them that Coronado had stolen an orange car from a dealership, according to court documents. Shortly before he was apprehended a sheriff’s deputy spotted an orange Dodge Challenger and unsuccessfully tried to conduct a stop on it.

According to court documents, Coronado admitted to having taken the Challenger to investigate what is going on in his personal life and planned to return the vehicle.

He explained that he had walked to the dealership and broke the window to the dealership and performed the actions similar to those shown on the dealership’s surveillance tape, court documents state.

Judge K.C Rogers set bond for Coronado at $15,000 cash or surety, electronic court records indicate.

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

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