Worthington man charged with possession of stolen property; claims vehicle was loaned to him by a friend
Lucio Roman was charged with a felony count of possession of stolen property and operating a vehicle after the revocation of his license, a misdemeanor offense.
WORTHINGTON — Lucio Roman, 23, of Worthington, was charged with possession of stolen property after being found in a stolen vehicle, a felony-level charge. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for operating a vehicle after the revocation of his license.
On Dec. 5, a Worthington Police Officer observed a 2004 Honda Accord pull into the parking lot of the Red Carpet Inn. The officer ran the license plate and discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Mankato.
The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the three occupants. The driver was identified as Roman. All three occupants were detained by officers and Roman was placed in handcuffs, according to the report.
Roman allegedly told the officer that the vehicle was borrowed to him by a friend. He stated he was given the keys and was unaware that the vehicle was stolen.
The officer made contact with a member of the Mankato Police Department about the stolen vehicle and learned it was reported stolen that same day. The registered owner stated he had last seen the vehicle on Dec. 3, and that a Dell laptop was left inside. Officers checked the vehicle and located the laptop.
Roman’s driving privileges in Minnesota were revoked in July.
If convicted, Roman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine for possession of stolen property. Driving after revocation carries a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.