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Case of woman charged in tractor-trailer theft heads to District Court

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The case of an Albuquerque woman who was found inside a stolen semi tractor-trailer in Roswell in January will head to trial in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court.

05Judge K.C. Rogers of Chaves County Magistrate Court bound the case of Francine Douglas, 41, over to District Court Wednesday, after Douglas waived her right to a preliminary examination, according to court records.

Douglas was arrested and charged Jan. 20 with one count each of receiving a stolen vehicle or motor vehicle and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, after a Roswell police officer found her inside an Albuquerque Mail Services semi in the south end of the Walmart Supercenter.

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

After officers encountered Douglas, she reportedly refused to exit the truck despite being asked repeatedly to do so. Officers then opened a door on the truck, extracting Douglas from it and placing her in handcuffs.

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Douglas was brought to the Roswell Police Department, where she was read her Miranda rights by one of the arresting officers. She then began speaking in another language.

Court documents state Douglas at first refused to talk to the officer, before telling the officer in English that she was going to rip his face off.

Douglas was released on her own recognizance Jan. 25, but Rogers issued a bench warrant for her arrest Feb. 24 after she failed to show up in Magistrate Court for a preliminary examination.

The bench warrant was subsequently canceled after it was learned Douglas missed court because on that day she was being held at the Valencia County Detention Center, court documents state.

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

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