Teens arrested after attempting to "junk" an SUV

Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 --- 8:10 p.m.

Two Madison teens are arrested after they were recognized by American Auto employees.

Police arrested 18-year-old Sorrell Gilmore and Roberto Rodriguez Sostre for Receiving Stolen Property and Probation Hold.

A Chevy Tahoe that was stolen while it was warming up on Monday night, was nearly junked this week. However one of two teenage suspects was recognized by staff at American Auto, on the 1200 block of E. Washington Ave.

Roberto M. Rodriguez Sostre entered the business Tuesday morning and mumbled something about having a "car to junk." An employee remembered him as being the same young man who had sold a stolen car to American Auto in December. "He already took me for $250," said a business associate. The young man was told, Tuesday, that police were being called, and he took off running, leaving the SUV in the lot.

A short time later, a second teen entered the dealership and claimed the Tahoe belonged to his girlfriend, but staff members didn't buy it. The teen realized they were not going to budge, and he also fled as police were arriving.

Responding officers captured Rodriguez Sostre on E. Gorham St. shortly after the attempted transaction. Sorrell Gilmore, was taken into custody on Wednesday.

The Tahoe's owner said it was stolen outside his home after he left it running and unattended for a few minutes in Monday night's bitter cold.

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