Broken headlight leads to truck theft confession

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | 1/17/2013

“Do you know why I pulled you over?” Many drivers have been asked that question by law enforcement. On Jan. 14, one Texas man didn’t wait for the question before offering up a confession to the theft of a tractor-trailer. He was actually pulled over for a non-working headlight.

Fort Worth driver Fred G. Fuentes, 47, was driving a tractor-trailer with Indiana license plates when he was pulled over by Parker County Sheriff’s deputies. A sheriff’s office press release states he told deputies, “I know what this is about.”

When asked what he meant, Fuentes replied, “Why you stopped me.”

When asked why he thought he was being stopped, Fuentes confessed, “because the truck is stolen.”

It was then that deputies told him he was being stopped for a non-working headlamp.

The tractor-trailer loaded with Dr. Pepper products had indeed been stolen from Swift Transportation Corp. earlier that day in Fort Worth, police say.

Fuentes is also being investigated regarding a truck stolen in Haltom City, TX, on Dec. 16, 2012, and a tractor-trailer stolen from Grand Prairie, TX, on Dec. 25, 2012, Sergeant Tommy Cain of the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force told Land Line.

Cain says all three trucks were Freightliners, and Fuentes had an ignition key he used in the thefts.

Fuentes was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and remains in jail on a $7,500 bond. Multiple agencies are investigating and additional charges are pending.

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