Authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico say that a would be car thief was in for a complete shock after he stole a UHaul trailer.
Police say that the Chevy Trailblazer which was towing a UHaul trailer was taken from a Residence Inn near Yale and Gibson SE, and that the criminal later abandoned the vehicle.
It appeared as if the thieves had pulled over to open the trailer and check to see what sort of valuables or loot they could find, but they were instead left stunned at what was inside.
Inside of the trailer was a cardboard box, and beneath it the corpse of a now deceased man.
The family members of the man, who had been staying at the hotel overnight for rest m, were in the process of hauling the man's remains back from Oklahoma to be buried in Kirtland when they stopped at the Albuquerque hotel to get some rest.
In the early morning hours one of the hotel employees noticed witnessed what he believed was a vehicle theft and then called police.
The witness reported that the thief or thieves were driving a red Chevy Silverado pickup, but according to officers who responded they didn't have much to go on until they got a phone call from one of the victims.
“Clearly, his wife was extremely emotional, as her father's body had just been stolen,” Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier said. “We immediately started allocating resources to try to find this vehicle, not only because it's just a heart-wrenching story, but also you're going to have the biosafety factors of having an unaccounted for dead body.”
Tixier said that in New Mexico it is legal to transport bodies with a proper permit especially across state lines.
Several hours later when still hunting for the missing vehicle officers found the SUV and attached trailer, with the human remains still inside, near the Puerto del Sol golf course at Gibson and Girard SE.
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Felicia Maggard said three suspects were arrested after a stolen red Chevy Silverado pickup truck nearly crashed into an unmarked police vehicle near Interstate 25 and Avenida César Chávez around 9:30 AM that same day, which matched the description from the hotel employee.
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The driver if the truck, 26 year old Jeremy Soliz, was then taken into custody facing felony charges, including possession of burglary tools.
Law enforcement say that two others whoe were in the vehicle, 22 year old Anthony Serna and 22 year old Daniel Gonzales, were also both arrested for felony warrants.
Police say that there are also pending charges for the vehicle theft however they're waiting on crime lab results to conclusively link the suspects and fingerprints found in the vehicle together.
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