AUTO THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED

On February 11, 2022, Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force were following up on a Burglary to a Motor Vehicle case that occurred on a previous day.

During their investigation, Detectives followed up on a lead they received that identified a possible suspect who was attempting to sell property that was believed to be stolen during the Burglary of a Motor Vehicle. The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Jose Montoya. While running a check on the suspect, he was found to have an active warrant out of Nueces County for Failure to Appear.

In their attempts to make contact with the suspect, Detectives observed the male to be driving in a vehicle along the 1000 block of 22nd Street. Upon further observation, Investigators observed the vehicle to be displaying invalid license plates.

Officers made contact with the male, who was positively identified as Montoya.

A further inspection and check on the vehicle, led the officers to discover that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Dallas, Texas on January 7, 2022. The vehicle was recovered on scene.

Montoya was arrested on the outstanding warrant and for the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle charge. Charges are also expected to be filed for Montoya related to the previous Burglary of a Motor Vehicle case.

During the contact with Montoya, contact was also made with his girlfriend and their infant child who were observed to be following behind the stolen vehicle. The girlfriend was later released on scene with the infant child.

If anyone has any additional information about these suspects, they are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at (361) 886-2874. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.