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ELKO – A man allegedly came in through the side door of a relative’s home while the person slept and left with keys and a car.

According to the criminal complaint, Robert L. Martinez-Obrien, 22, of Elko entered the home on April 28 through a door that did not close properly, got into his relative’s purse, took the keys, and left with her boyfriend’s car.

One victim claims Martinez-Obrien left through the front door, locking the main lock but not the deadbolt that she had locked before going to sleep.

While police questioned the victims Martinez-Obrien returned. Officers asked him if he had taken the car and he said he did but came in through an unlocked front door.

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Martinez-Obrien admitted to knowing that he did not have permission to use the vehicle, police said. The officer placed him under arrest, searched him, and discovered tin foil with burn marks on it, leading him to believe it was connected to heroin use.

Martinez-Obrien was charged with burglary; possessing, receiving, or transferring a stolen vehicle; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was listed at $40,640.

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