Apparently random Facebook ‘like’ reunites Greeley man with stolen truck after two years
September 29, 2017
Thanks to a “like” on Facebook, a Greeley man found a truck he’d been missing for two years, and a Windsor man is being held on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft.
According to an affidavit for the arrest of Gustavo Almanza-Pena, 20, police believe he stole a 2003 Ford F-150 back in 2015 in Greeley. The truck’s owner, Marvin Trevizo, filed a report with the Greeley Police Department back then, but he did not recover his vehicle.
Then, on Sept. 10, Trevizo told police, a sister of one of his friends liked a photo on Facebook. Treviso studied the photo. It showed a young man, later identified as Almanza-Pena, standing next to Trevizo’s stolen truck.
He knew it was the right truck, Trevizo told police, because he recognized the vehicle’s custom wheels as well as a dent in the rear bumper.
Trevizo’s friend told him Almanza-Pena lives in Nebraska, but he occasionally stays at the Stonegate Condominiums in Windsor. Intent on tracking down the truck, Almanza-Pena went to the condominiums himself, he said, where he did indeed see the F-150 parked in front of 814 Stone Mountain Ct. Armed with this evidence, Treviso ventured to the Windsor Police Station to talk to an officer.
Officers themselves also saw the truck at the address. The truck had a temporary license plate with a VIN number. The problem, according to the affidavit, was that VIN numbers only have 17 digits. This one had 18 digits.
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Trevizo’s key fob also unlocked the truck. Officers had the truck towed, according to the affidavit.
Next, they got in touch with Almanza-Pena. The officer asked if he knew anything about the truck parked outside the condominiums.
“Without asking why (police were) inquiring, he stated that he bought the pickup in Pueblo…after finding it on craigslist.com,” according to the report.
He said he bought it in May from a man named Tyler at a tire store in Pueblo. He said “Tyler” did not provide a last name, address or phone number. He said he paid $8,500 for it, even though trucks of that make and model in similar condition were selling for about $13,000. Almanza-Pena had what he said was a title for the truck, but the name on the title was not his, nor was there any mention of Tyler or, indeed, a 2003 Ford F-150 at all. It listed a 1999 model, instead.
Windsor police, according to the affidavit, had their doubts about the story.
“(Almanza-Pena’s) explanation for possessing the pickup did not seem truthful or logical, and based on his admitted possession of the pickup, I placed him under arrest,” the report states.
Later, after police arrested him, they asked him why he didn’t report his pickup as stolen, since officers had it towed multiple days earlier. Almanza-Pena said for the past three days, he’d been commuting to work with his uncle, so he hadn’t noticed the pickup was gone.
Windsor police, again, had their doubts.
“However,” the report states, “(police) had the pickup towed from the scene four days ago.”