Charges have been dropped against a Scottsbluff man who was accused of stealing vehicles from the dealership he worked at.
On December 4th, charges were filed against 21-year-old Jarrod Salazar, charging him with three counts of Felony Theft by Unlawful Taking ($5,000+). On December 9th, Deputy County Attorney Wesley Van Ert filed a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, meaning charges can still be filed later on.
Salazar was accused of taking a 2013 GMC Sierra without permission from the dealership, and court documents say surveillance video from a local convenience store showed him getting out of the vehicle. Additionally, police saw the stolen vehicle parked near Salazar’s residence the morning of December 3rd.
When he was interviewed by police, Salazar reportedly admitted to taking a total of three vehicles.
Van Ert tells Rural Radio News that the motion to dismiss will allow his office to conduct further investigation into all three vehicles in question. When their case is complete, they will then decide whether or not to refile charges against Salazar.
Original story below:
A 21-year-old Scottsbluff man has been arrested after stealing three vehicles from the car dealership he worked at.
Jarrod Salazar is charged with three counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking ($5,000+), with each being a Class 2A Felony.
Court documents say that Salazar, an employee at the dealership, was developed as a suspect after a 2013 GMC Sierra was stolen from the lot.
Police were able to get surveillance video from a local convenience store showing the stolen Sierra pull up, and Salazar and another person were seen getting out of the vehicle.
Officers went to the dealership and transported Salazar to the Scottsbluff Police Department for an interview. During the interview, he reportedly admitted to taking the 2013 GMC Sierra- valued at $30,000, a 2020 GMC Sierra- valued at $50,000, and a 2018 Toyota Camry- valued at $17,295.
He was scheduled to make his first appearance on the three felony charges on Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, Salazar could face a prison sentence ranging from 0 to 20 years on each charge.