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ELKO — A vehicle theft twice in one morning led to the arrest of an Elko man Wednesday on the north side of Elko.

Around 6 a.m., the victim went out of the residence to find his vehicle had been stolen, said Elko Police Lt. Rich Genseal, explaining a description was given to authorities and it was located at the 200 block of Bluffs Avenue unoccupied.

The vehicle was returned to the owner. Genseal said it looked as if someone tried to spray paint two red stripes on it.

The second time the vehicle was stolen the owner went to get another set of keys. The suspect, identified as Nicolas W. Fagoaga, 28, returned on a bicycle to allegedly steal the vehicle again.

The vehicle was located by officers on Aspen Way around 11:30 a.m., said Genseal.

Fagoaga returned to retrieve his bicycle and when he was unable to find it he got into a flatbed pickup truck.

Authorities were alerted to the area because the suspect allegedly caused a confrontation with employees in the Bluffs Avenue area.

Police made a traffic stop and Fagoaga was found with keys to the previously stolen vehicle. When being questioned, he said a friend let him borrow the car, said Genseal.

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Fagoaga gave up the keys to the car and was identified by the victim who owned the car.

Fagoaga was arrested at Fifth Street and Chris Avenue for possessing, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Upon being booked into the Elko County Jail, a drug testing positive for methamphetamine was found on Fagoaga.

His bail was listed at $25,000.


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