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One was planning to steal something and then post it for sale on various social media platforms, one might want to consider targeting a fairly generic, difficult-to-trace piece of personal property. Something like a television, sporting equipment, or power tools, for example, would be much easier to transport, conceal, and sell without ownership being obviously traced back to the true owner.
Apparently none of those considerations came to mind for 26-year-old Santa Clarita resident Albino Carrera Marcos on October 5 th when he made off with a licensed and registered 25-foot-long custom flatbed utility trailer and then posted it for sale on his social media profile.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Sgt. Will Hollowell, the owner of the custom trailer “discovered it had been stolen from his driveway” and promptly reported it stolen to deputies at the VCSD’s Santa Clara Valley Station. The immediately ensuing investigation indicated that “a possible suspect was attempting to sell the trailer” on various online platforms. The source of those social media postings was filtered through “several law enforcement databases” which led to the identification of Marcos.
With that information in hand, deputies went on the hunt for Marcos and found him several hours later, whereupon he was arrested and transported to Ventura County Jail and booked on a charge of unlawful taking of a vehicle, with his bail set at $20,000.