Report of stolen vehicle leads to arrest

After receiving a report of a stolen vehicle Monday, Jefferson County radio dispatchers notified salvage yards in the county, and one of them called back a short time later to report that the vehicle had been pulled there.

Roosevelt Putillo, 23, was identified as the person who tried to sell that vehicle and was arrested by sheriff’s deputies, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a probable cause affidavit that the vehicle, a BMW valued at $3,500, had been reported stolen. Dispatchers were contacted by K&K Salvage and when deputies arrived, they found Putillo and two other people there.

Statements from the other two individuals, who were not charged, indicated that Putillo had asked them to help him pull the vehicle to the salvage yard, and wanted to use one of those individuals’ identification because he did not have any with him, Kizer said.

Kizer said Putillo “has a habit of not coming to court,” listing 11 failures to appear, and is currently on felony probation.

Jefferson County Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 cash-only bond for Putillo after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Putillo was told to come back to court May 1.