Fresno Police Error: Madera Trucker Arrested For Stealing Own B - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Fresno Police Error: Madera Trucker Arrested For Stealing Own Big Rig

Posted:
Arsenio Martinez was arrested in Arizona last week for stealing his own big rig, a mix up that began with the Fresno Police Department. Arsenio Martinez was arrested in Arizona last week for stealing his own big rig, a mix up that began with the Fresno Police Department.
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Arsenio Martinez's big rig was stolen from the Madera pilot's truck stop earlier this month.

He reported the theft to police and waited. But what he never expected was that days later he would be arrested for stealing his own truck.

"First I thought it was a prank," said Martinez who was pulled over in Arizona last week, handcuffed to the ground and arrested for stealing his own truck.

Martinez had recovered his stolen big rig just days before after his sister spotted it in Fresno. Gone from the big rig were his radio and other possessions.

But Martinez said he was eager to get back to work. So, he called the Fresno Police Department to tell them that he had found the truck.

"Officers showed up, told me to wait about 20 minutes, got some information from me until the truck got released," he said.

Assuming all was clear, Martinez hit the road.

He took off on his usual route from Houston to Arizona. And that's when he was pulled over by two Arizona police officers.

"I looked over in my mirror and they were out there with their guns and on the horn telling me to get off, hand up in the air, walk backwards, get on my knees," Martinez said. "I was like, 'how could that be it was already cleared?'"

Fresno police officers failed to update the nationwide system, leaving Martinez's car listed as stolen.

He was eventually released by Arizona police after Fresno police confirmed the big rig was his.

KMPH spoke to the Fresno Police Department and officers said the mix-up was the department's fault.

Arsenio was not charged with anything and is not facing any fines.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Special Investigation: The High Cost Of Recycling

    Special Investigation: The High Cost Of Recycling

    When you take your cans to the recycling center, they weigh them and pay you by the pound. But, did you know you can have the workers count your bottles and cans? So do you get more money by counting or by weighing?More >>
    When you take your cans to the recycling center, they weigh them and pay you by the pound. But, did you know you can have the workers count your bottles and cans? So do you get more money by counting or by weighing?More >>
  • Searching For Missing 75-Year-Old Hiker

    Searching For Missing 75-Year-Old Hiker

    Park officials say 75–year–old Dawson Johnson planned to hike from Lower Crabtree Meadow to Guitar Lake, then to Mount Whitney and back.More >>
    Park officials say 75–year–old Dawson Johnson planned to hike from Lower Crabtree Meadow to Guitar Lake, then to Mount Whitney and back.More >>
  • Man Who Found Bag Of Cash Celebrates Milestone

    Man Who Found Bag Of Cash Celebrates Milestone

    The Fresno man who found more than $120,000 in cash and gave it back celebrated a milestone Wednesday night.Joe Cornell celebrated 6 months of sobriety!He also graduated from the Salvation Army Rehabilitation program.It's a program that helps both men and woman get off drugs and alcohol with God's help.In May, Cornell found a bag of money, which had fallen off a Brinks armored truck.Cornell says when he found the cash, his first concern was for others who could be hit with a loss.So, he gave...More >>
    The Fresno man who found more than $120,000 in cash and gave it back celebrated a milestone Wednesday night.Joe Cornell celebrated 6 months of sobriety!He also graduated from the Salvation Army Rehabilitation program.It's a program that helps both men and woman get off drugs and alcohol with God's help.In May, Cornell found a bag of money, which had fallen off a Brinks armored truck.Cornell says when he found the cash, his first concern was for others who could be hit with a loss.So, he gave...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.