Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Steamboat Springs An undocumented alien faces two felonies and a misdemeanor after he allegedly stole an idling parked car outside a restaurant.
Juan Martinez, 30, faces felony charges of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree motor vehicle theft. Martinez also faces a misdemeanor charge of theft.
Martinez was charged formally Monday with the three counts by Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James.
On Wednesday afternoon, Martinez made a brief court appearance. Martinez, who does not speak English, had the court proceeding postponed until Dec. 6. An interpreter was unavailable.
According to a court document, Martinez was arrested Nov. 19 for the crimes that allegedly occurred close to midnight Nov. 18 outside a local restaurant.
Martinez allegedly stole a 1988 Subaru that was parked in front of El Rancho Nuevo, drove it to Fifth Street and then stole a purse from the vehicle, the document states.
The vehicle's owner, a 32-year-old woman, had left the car parked in the parking lot idling and unlocked.
The woman was inside the restaurant for about 25 minutes, and when she came out, she found her car missing, the file shows.
The woman found the car parked around the corner on Fifth Street still idling. The woman then noticed her purse was missing from the vehicle. The purse contained a small amount of cash, credit cards and personal material, according to court documents.
Police were called to scene at about 11:45 p.m. While the woman was inside the restaurant, she noticed a group of men leave.
Police were able to determine that the men who left were staying at the Alpiner Lodge at 424 Lincoln Ave.
Police were unable to talk to Martinez that night but returned to the Alpiner Lodge the next day.
Police went to the lodge after the woman's husband had found the purse thrown in a trash container outside the lodge, the file shows.
Police found out that a construction company from Utah had rented out 10 rooms at the lodge, the file shows.
Police contacted the owner of the construction company, who cooperated with police. Police were able to interview Martinez later that evening.
Martinez, through an interpreter, allegedly admitted to police to driving the vehicle and taking the purse, the file shows.
After the interview, Martinez was arrested and remains in custody at the Routt County Jail.
Along with the charges, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has placed a hold on the construction worker.
To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail @amigo.net