Yuma Sector Checkpoint Agents Apprehend Wanted Man Driving Stolen Vehicle
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Wellton Station working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 detained a U.S. citizen with a felony warrant and recovered a stolen vehicle Friday afternoon.
A Border Patrol license plate reader alerted to a 2020 Toyota Sienna with a single male occupant attempting to travel through the checkpoint. Agents directed the vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. After questioning the driver, it was determined that the rental vehicle was reported stolen out of Wyoming. A records check revealed that the subject had a fully extraditable warrant out of Wyoming for felony larceny.
The driver, a 60-year-old U.S. citizen from Buckeye, Ariz. was detained for the outstanding warrant. Arizona Department of Public Safety took custody of the subject and arranged to have the vehicle returned to the rental company.
Immigration checkpoints have proven to be effective in providing the U.S. Border Patrol with the ability to detect individuals with outstanding warrants and other criminal issues.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.