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PRECINT 4 TURNS ABANDON TRUCK INTO AUTO THEFT CASE

Thursday night just before midnight Montgomery County Precinct 4 Corporal Looza was on patrol when he spotted a white Ford truck parked at Dogwood and Galaxy. The license plate did not come back stolen but when he ran it with the vehicle identification number it came back stolen from Houston. The registered owner was listed in Spring. The vehicle was taken to storage where it could be claimed by the owner. In addition to the hood missing the engine and transmission were gone also.

As they were about to leave Deputy Bergland and Looza spotted a 1999 Dodge truck at the intersection of Galaxy and Peach Creek.  Deputy Bergland stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Mario Castanon. Castanon was not wearing his seatbelt and had several truck parts in the bed of his truck. The parts appeared to be from the stolen truck.

As they spoke with the driver Looza noticed the the vehicle identification number was missing from the dashboard. The vehicle identification sticker on the door had also been tampered with.

Both the number on the door and the license plate came back to Castanon. 

Looza, not comfortable with the truck found a vehicle identification number in the engine compartment which did not match the door. By running that number the truck came back stolen through Harris County Precinct 3 Constables in Baytown.

Castanon then admitted that he and a friend stripped the Ford truck down the road on a wooded piece of property Castanon owned. He stated his friend had given him the truck he was driving and told him all the numbers had been removed.

When they went to Castanon’s wooded property a few blocks away they found some tools but also found the hood of the Ford pickup.

Castanon was booked into the Montgomery County Jail onm a charge of Theft more than $20,000, a third degree felony.

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