Stolen U-Haul

Unwitting grave robbers steal U-Haul with a casket, dead body inside: Police

Police arrested three suspects accused of stealing an SUV and a U-Haul trailer from an Albuquerque hotel on Monday, but none of the suspects have been charged with the theft so far.

A woman and her husband reported their SUV and U-Haul missing early Monday from a Residence Inn hotel, according to the New York Post. The trailer carried a casket that contained the woman’s deceased father. The couple were coming from Oklahoma to bury the remains in Kirtland, New Mexico.

Police ended up locating the trailer not far from the hotel.

Authorities say witnesses saw the thieves in a red pickup truck, which was later found near Isotopes Park. Deputies with the The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office say a brief chase ensued down I-25, but all three suspects – Jeremy Soliz, Anthony Serna and Daniel Gonzales – were arrested, according to a report by KOAT.

Soliz is facing multiple felony charges, including aggravated fleeing from police. The other two men were arrested as well because of outstanding warrants.

The Albuquerque Police Department says that none of the men have been charged with the theft because it’s waiting for fingerprint and DNA analysis from the trailer.

All three men have been arrested several times on various charges in the last year, according to court documents. Soliz was last arrested for suspicion of drugs, and Serna is currently facing a multitude of charges, including auto theft. Both were out on bail. Gonzales recently pleaded guilty to receiving and transferring a stolen vehicle. He was sentenced to drug court, and an arrest warrant was issued when he stopped turning up.

Both Soliz and Gonzales appeared in court on Tuesday and are being held without bail.

Serna will likely appear in court later in the week.

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