Bakersfield man arrested as part of task force investigation into vehicle theft

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September 23 – The California Highway Patrol’s Bakersfield-area Office reported the arrest of a man who was part of an investigation by the Kern County Auto Theft Task Force, composed of CHP investigators and Bakersfield Police detectives.

Investigators with the San Luis Obispo County Auto Theft Task Force, or SLOCATT, announced that the suspect, Arturo Nolazco Marquez, 45, was alleged to have been involved in the theft of a 2002 E350 box truck that was stolen from San Luis Obispo County. The box truck contained about $50,000 worth of Western-style boots.

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Marquez was arrested at his Bakersfield residence on Sept. 15 and stolen merchandise was recovered, according to a CHP press release. He was arrested on suspicion of operating a forage harvester. In addition, during the arrest and service of the search warrant for his home, numerous stolen vehicle parts, illegal firearms, ammunition, narcotics and money were located and recovered, the release said.

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