July 8, 2008

San Juan Stolen Vehicle

Police made an unusual discovery Tuesday morning when they found a U.S. Border Patrol radio inside a stolen Jeep.

The driver of the Jeep had burglarized a Border Patrol agent's car sometime Tuesday morning at his Pharr residence, taking with him the agent's hat and radio, said San Juan Police Investigator Rolando Garcia.

Later, about 8:30 a.m., near the intersection of "I" Road and the Expressway 83 frontage road, 28-year-old Daniel Velasquez was struck by another vehicle and crashed the Jeep, Garcia said.

Velasquez, who Garcia described as a career criminal, was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.

He is expected to be charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle along with other charges.

"We're talking with Border Patrol to see if maybe they're going to file on him for violating any federal laws," Garcia said.

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