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Wauwatosa Man Caught with Three Stolen Cars

Suspect was driving a truck stolen from a Waukesha dealership and had cars stolen from town of Addison and Caledonia at his home.

A 39-year-old Wauwatosa man is facing charges after police found him driving a stolen truck and having two other stolen vehicle at his house taken from area dealerships in recent months.

Marion Chavez Rockette Sr. was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Wednesday with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent. If convicted, he faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Wauwatosa police pulled Rockette over on Oct. 5 near North 72nd Street and West Center Street after they discovered a Ford F250 he was driving had a stolen temporary plate on it. After further inspecting the truck they found it also had a fraudulent VIN number as well.

After doing further investigating officers found out the truck had been stolen in March from Apple Automotive in Waukesha.

Police then found a stolen Toyota Camry and 2009 Cadillac CTS at Rockette’s home. The Camry had been reported stolen in July from M&J Auto in town of Addison and the CTS was reported stolen in March from Husher Car Company in Caledonia.  

Rockette is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $1,000 cash bond.

Brad October 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Great work by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. The guy is driving a stolen truck with an altered VIN, meaning he's not just out joy riding. And at his home, police find 2 other vehicles that were stolen. I count 3 felonies right there and yet the guy is only charged with one count of operating without owner's consent which probably won't even land him more than 6 months in jail. And people wonder why there is so much recidivism in the criminal justice system. Great job DA Chis Holm and staff. I'm deciding on how much money to bet that this guy re-offends within a year.
Ray Ray Johnson October 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM
I don't discount what you are saying at all Brad, but it's all about proving it in court. It's tough to prove that the man was the car thief just because he had the stolen car in his driveway. YES, HE WAS, but you have to prove it in court. It's too far of a jump to say that because there were 2 stolen cars in his driveway, that HE was the one who stole them. What if his buddy stole them, and parked them there? An obvious defense, but that's how it goes in court. Supposition, conjecture, and probablity don't count.

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