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Suspected Tool Thief Tried Using Rideshare Service for Getaway Car

A Colorado man suspected of stealing several thousands of dollars worth of tools from a business allegedly tried to escape the authorities by calling an Uber to pick him up.

On December 28, the owner of Blue Sky Plumbing in Wheat Ridge arrived at his business and found a hole in the fence that surrounds the property. The man checked the surveillance video and saw footage of someone stealing goods from the store. He notified the authorities, and officers from the Wheat Ridge Police Department went to the location.

An Uber vehicle was parked nearby with the driver inside, so the police decided to stop and speak to him. He told the officers he was waiting for a passenger and said the potential rider’s name was Jose. He saw someone approaching and informed them that he believed it was him.

The man walking near the Uber was reportedly holding a backpack, and when the police asked what he was doing, he said he was going to his mother’s house. When one of the officers asked if he ordered an Uber, the man reportedly said he did not.

According to reports, when the police asked the man what his name was, he said his first name was Raul, and he did not have identification on him.

The officers checked the backpack and reportedly found $8,000 worth of tools.

After he was arrested, the police were able to get his real identity by using his fingerprints, and he was booked into the Jefferson County Jail. He is expected to face charges including felony theft of more than $2,000, criminal trespassing, and false reporting to authorities, in addition to several additional misdemeanor charges.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a theft offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now

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