Cottonwood man caught driving stolen truck directly off dealership lot

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

COTTONWOOD – A man allegedly driving a stolen vehicle straight from the dealership was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies in Yavapai County.

A sergeant with YCSO arrested 32-year-old Sergio Machado, a Cottonwood resident, on Wednesday. He was reportedly driving a stolen blue 2010 Chevy Silverado truck.

The sergeant first saw the truck driving southbound at a high rate of speed along Interstate 17 in the Black Canyon City area.

The sergeant conducted a traffic stop on Machado and he had no identification, car registration or proof of car ownership. The sergeant noticed plastic protective covers on the flooring and new mats as well as a vehicle pricing sheet on the window from Larry Green Chevrolet as he checked the inside of the car for identification.

After further review it was discovered Machado’s driver’s license was suspended.

A manager at Larry Green Chevrolet was contacted and confirmed to police that the truck had been stolen. The manager also said several other cars worth over $200,000 had also been stolen after vehicle keys had been taken from the main offices.

Machado was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and later released on a $5,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for Thursday.

Another suspect was taken into custody in Bisbee near the border to Mexico. That individual was driving one of the stolen cars. Three of the stolen vehicles were recovered in the United States and three in Mexico.