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Vado man arrested after keeping truck, credit card belonging to company he worked for

Arnulfo Carrera-Ponce was charged with embezzlement, extortion and fraudulent use of a credit card.

A Vado man was charged with stealing from the company he worked for.

Arnulfo Carrera-Ponce, 27, quit his job with a local janitorial services company Dec. 30, according to Kelly Jameson, spokeswoman with the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

On the day he quit, Carrera-Ponce told his boss that he owed him $3,500 for unpaid traffic tickets he said he got while working for the company.

Carrera-Ponce allegedly threatened to keep the Penske truck, rented by his boss, along with an attached trailer and a commercial-grade carpet shampooer reportedly worth $40,000 if the money wasn’t paid to him, Jameson said.

He’s also accused of refusing to return a company-issued cellphone and two company credit cards, one of which was used Jan. 3 at a Vado gas station.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office were able to track the truck and trailer down that he refused to return. It was found at a home in the 100 block of Flower Road.

Carrera-Ponce was taken to the Dona Ana County Detention Center and charged with embezzlement, extortion and fraudulent use of a credit card.

He was released the next day after posting a $10,000 bond.

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