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One year later, man charged in theft of work truck in Williamsburg

Williamsburg Police cruiser (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)
Williamsburg Police cruiser (WYDaily/Sarah Fearing)

Williamsburg Police have charged a Newport News man with grand larceny after he allegedly stole a work truck from a job site near Penniman Road and Parkway Drive.

Police believe Orestes Thomas Guerra, 32, stole a Ford F-250 from the work site on June 6, 2017, police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley said.

Police were called to the work site around 7:30 p.m., where the site foreman told police the truck was missing.

The truck was recovered the following day in the 700 block of Motoka Drive in Newport News.

The investigating officer connected Guerra to the vehicle after finding a cell phone in the vehicle, Riley said.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Guerra on Monday. As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Guerra had not been served with the warrant.

Guerra has previously been charged with several offenses in Newport News, including assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, falsely identify self to a law enforcement officer, trespassing, resisting arrest and strangulation, online court records for the Newport News General District Court show.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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