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Police say 20-year-old man behind string of car thefts, including gun theft

VESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A series of car burglaries and a gun theft led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man in Weslaco, police said.

Nathan Andrew Delgado, 20

Nathan Andrew Delgado, 20, was arrested Thursday and appeared in court Saturday on charges that included four counts of burglary, a class A misdemeanor; one count of theft of a firearm, a felony in state prison; and one count of falsifying firearm identification numbers, which is a class A misdemeanor.

The allegations stem from investigations launched Dec. 28 and 29 after the Weslaco Police Department received several reports of car thefts in the 700 block Frost Proof Drive and 400 block Northcross Lane, located in northern Weslaco. These thefts also reported the theft of a gun from a vehicle.

“Weslaco police detectives have launched an investigation and recovered CCTV footage of a suspicious vehicle and a man breaking into vehicles with a stolen gun,” the Weslaco Police Department said in a press release Saturday. “Weslaco Police Department detectives began working with the Alamo City Police Department to identify the man.”

Police said that after identifying Delgado as a suspect in the investigation, the Weslaco Police Criminal Investigation discovered Delgado’s residence and arrested him.

“Weslaco police detectives later returned the stolen gun, which turned out to be fake,” the police said.

On Saturday, Delgado appeared before the court of municipal judge Juan Alvarez.

Delgado’s bail was $70,000, police said.

The Weslaco Police Department is urging residents to lock their vehicles and report any suspicious activity by calling police at 956-968-8591.

“We also urge the public to protect their valuables and be vigilant in the safety of their vehicles,” the police said. “By working together and taking precautions, we can help prevent crime like this and keep our community safe.”

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