The feds charged Armando Garcia, 29, who went to an Army Reserve Center, drove away with a military Humvee worth more than $200,000, and led police on a chase through residential streets with theft of United States government property. Garcia had already been convicted of theft and burglary charges. Garcia stole a militarized High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, a Humvee. Soon after Garcia drove off with the semi-armored combat vehicle with a turret mount, Pomona Police officers saw the Humvee and attempted to make a traffic stop of the unlicensed vehicle, according to the complaint. During the pursuit, which lasted approximately four minutes, the Humvee traveled at excessive speeds, drove on the wrong side of the street (in the direction of oncoming traffic), failed to stop at multiple red lights and stops signs, and failed to signal for turns. Garcia stopped the Humvee in front of a house in Pomona. .Inside the Humvee, police found bolt cutters and an Army-approved padlock that appeared to have been cut, according to the complaint, which notes the padlock had secured a steel wire put in place to prevent the turning of the steering wheel inside the vehicle.
A criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted of the charge in the complaint, Garcia faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.