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Friend borrows truck, decides to keep it; police find him, truck, and drugs

By Johnnie Rosario

(Tumon, Guam) Franklin Daniel Santos, 55, borrowed his friend’s 1995 Toyota Hilux pickup truck at 8 a.m. on August 8, and decided a few days later he was going to keep it, according to court documents. Mr. Santos’s friend tried several times over the next four days to contact Mr. Santos about returning his truck. Mr. Santos finally answered his phone at 7 p.m. on August 12, and he told his friend he was “never getting the truck back,” according to prosecutor Leonardo Rapadas’s declaration of probable cause against Mr. Santos.

Mr. Santos then told his friend he was going to strip the truck.

According to Mr. Rapadas:

On or about October 2, 2019, officers spoke to the Victim again who stated that at about 5:30 p.m., same date, he arrived at his place of work. At that time, he saw his vehicle parked there and the DEFENDANT sitting in it. When the Victim thanked him for returning his truck, the DEFENDANT smiled at him and drove away in the vehicle. The Victim followed the DEFENDANT and called GPD. GPD was able to locate the vehicle and pulled it over. In the truck, officers located a small bag containing three (3) improvised glass pipes, a plastic straw containing a white crystal like substance possible identified as "ice", and other items associated with illegal drug use.

Mr. Rapadas accuses Mr. Santos of theft of a motor vehicle as a second degree felony.

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