Minot man charged with stealing vehicle

A 29-year-old Minot man already facing multiple charges in district court in Minot is accused of stealing a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Feb. 28 that belonged to his girlfriend’s father.

Jose Victor Gonzalez is charged with Class C felony theft of property in district court in Minot.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the girlfriend reported the vehicle stolen in March, but it was not registered as stolen because she wasn’t the registered the owner. The woman’s father told police that his vehicle was recovered in Gillette, Wyo., on March 3 and Gonzalez was arrested. Police obtained a case report from the police department in Wyoming, which indicated that Gonzalez and a woman were found in the vehicle when officers there did a welfare check. The Wyoming officer found marijuana during a search of the vehicle and arrested both Gonzalez and the woman.

Gonzalez is scheduled to go to trial in September on an unrelated charge that he robbed a man at gunpoint on Dec. 29, 2016 and fled from police. He is also charged with multiple counts of bail jumping. He was extradited back to North Dakota from Las Vegas earlier this year on a fugitive bench warrant.

– Andrea Johnson