Raymond Gabbert, 39, of Rio Rancho, was arrested on June 8 for unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
According to a criminal complaint filed with the Magistrate Court in Bernalillo, Rio Rancho Police officers responded to a stolen vehicle call June 6 about an incident that had occurred near 17th Avenue and Cherry Drive.
The caller told officers that they have power of attorney over their father, who has dementia. A full-time caretaker also lives at the father’s residence and had permission from the caller to drive the patient’s pickup truck.
Gabbert is the caretaker’s son. The caretaker told officers that they have permitted Gabbert to take the patient’s vehicle in the past, even though the caller had given only the caretaker permission to drive it.
On June 2, four days before the call and six days before the arrest, Gabbert took the vehicle without permission, according to the caretaker.
The caretaker told officers that Gabbert usually asked to use the vehicle but did not this time, and he is homeless. They said that he was probably living in the vehicle and did not have a cellphone where he could be reached.
Officers ran the plate and were notified that the plate had also been run by Albuquerque Police Department. APD told the Rio Rancho officers that the driver of the vehicle had been involved in an incident but no contact was made with him.
The caller signed the vehicle theft declaration on behalf of their father, and Gabbert was summoned and later arrested.
Unlawful taking of a motor vehicle is a felony. If convicted, Gabbert could face up to nine years in prison and a $10,000 fine, depending on the number of his past offenses.
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