Occurred Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 2:00am, 600 Leopard Street, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Corpus Christi Police arrested a 33-year-old man after he was found driving a vehicle taken hours earlier from an 18-year-old woman.
An 18 year old woman told police that she and several friends came to Corpus Christi from Nacogdoches to interview for jobs. The 18-year-old and her friends went to a bar on the sea wall after the interviews and met 33-year-old Gerry Brooks.
Brooks offered to drive the friends around town and to a bar on Leopard Street. The friends agreed and got out of the car at a bar on the 600 block of Leopard Street. The 18-year-old woman said Brooks left alone in her silver 2003 Mitsubishi Gallant.
The 18-year-old woman reported her car valued at $2,500 stolen to the Corpus Christi Police at 10:30am when she was able to gather the vehicle information to provide to police.
Corpus Christi Patrol Officers found the stolen vehicle moving on South Alameda at Cole Street at 1:18pm. Patrol officers stopped and arrested Brooks for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a state jail felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
The vehicle was returned to the 18-year-old woman.
Corpus Christi Police warn the public not to allow strangers to operate your vehicle. Have the vehicle information like the Vehicle Identification Number available for police to avoid delayed reporting if the vehicle gets stolen. One method may be to enter the information on a phone or email with included pictures of the vehicle stored in a place readily accessible.
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