Pueblo deputy arrests man, finds stolen truck hours after being reported

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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A deputy for the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department was able to make a quick connection Friday morning after a vehicle was reported stolen.

At about 6:50 a.m., a man said his truck had been stolen near the 1700 block of Johneva Drive.

The victim told police that he had parked his work truck, a white 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, in his driveway Thursday night. When the victim woke up to go to work the next day, the truck was gone.

About four hours later, the deputy was responding to an unrelated house alarm call in Eastern Pueblo County when he saw a truck that matched the victim's description.

The deputy followed the truck, which was traveling north on Roselawn Road near Palo Alto Street.

Eventually, the deputy was able to pull the vehicle over on Stockyard Road.

The driver of the stolen truck, identified by the sheriff's office as 33-year Carlos Padilla, initially refused to comply with police but was later taken into custody.

Padilla claimed that he was taking the truck to a friend, but couldn't tell police who the friend was or where he got the vehicle.

After the deputy determined that the truck was indeed stolen, the suspect was arrested.

Padilla is now facing charges for aggravated motor vehicle theft and first-degree criminal trespass.