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Suspect in vehicle theft from dealership heads to court


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The case of a local man who allegedly broke into a car dealership and stole a vehicle has been forwarded to District Court for trial.

Ruben Coronado (Submitted Photo)

Judge K.C. Rogers of Chaves County Magistrate Court on Wednesday bound the case of Ruben Coronado, 31, of Roswell, over to New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court for trial after the defendant waived his right to a preliminary examination, electronic court records state.

Coronado is charged with three counts of larceny over $250 and one count each of non-residential burglary, unlawful taking of a vehicle or motor vehicle, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicles and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

He was charged after he allegedly broke into a 1300 block of southeast Main Street dealership on the night of March 8 and drove an orange 2019 Dodge Challenger off the dealership’s lot. He was apprehended the following morning by Roswell police officers.

According to court documents, on March 8 at 11:57 a.m., Coronado is alleged to have broken a window of the dealership, entered the building and taken keys to a Jeep Wrangler from the office.

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Video footage from the dealership reportedly shows Coronado exiting the building and looking into the windows of two Jeeps before going back into the building, coming back out, climbing into the Dodge Challenger and driving off the lot.

On the morning of March 9, a dealership employee reported the break-in and missing vehicle. A short time later, a Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy spotted an orange Challenger and unsuccessfully tried to conduct a traffic stop on it.

Coronado was later located and arrested the same morning in the 300 block of South Main Street. He initially failed to comply with the orders of law enforcement, causing them to extract him from the vehicle, place him on the ground and handcuff him.

Court filings indicate Coronado later admitted to police that he took the Challenger to investigate what was going on in his personal life, and planned to return it.

Bond for Coronado was set at $15,000 cash or surety, but a jail population summary report released Tuesday morning still listed Coronado as being held at the Chaves County Detention Center.

An arraignment for Coronado has been scheduled for April 12 in District Court in Chaves County, according to electronic court records.

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

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