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SEARCH FOR AUTO THEFT SUSPECT

Just after 9 am Wednesday morning Montgomery County Deputies were alerted to a location of a stolen box van on East Highline Drive. As the deputy was recovering the vehicle and the wrecker was pulling it out of the woods a maroon Ford car approached the scene then turned around and sped away at a high rate of speed.

The deputy went after the vehicle who vanished when he got to Holly Glen and East Forest. A search of the area was made and discovered the vehicle never made the turn but ran off the end of the road, crashed through a fence and struck a tree after going through two evergreen bushes which closed back up hiding the vehicle. The vehicle caught fire which was quickly extinguished but checked by Cut and Shoot Fire Department.

Moments later a Montgomery County Precinct 2 Deputy Constable who was one street  east on Weir Road spotted the suspect running. A K-9 unit was notified and responded.

For several hours and almost four miles Montgomery County Deputy and his K-9 partner tracked the suspect through the dense woods to a pipeline and then back through the subdivision until the trail went dead.

The vehicle came back registered to a family on Holy Glen with know ties to local gangs. They were not cooperative revealing who the vehicle was loaned to. A quick warrant check determined one of the family members, Gilbert Rodriguez, 41,  had outstanding warrants and he was arrested.

The suspect has not yet been located. He was only described as a Hispanic male with no shirt. Possibly many scratches and cuts after his venture through the woods.

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Rodriguez, Gilbert (NMN

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