Man arrested with Border Patrol uniforms, Sheriff’s Office badge

On Wednesday afternoon, deputies were serving a protective order at a home near East Cherokee and North Wilcox roads when they spotted a vehicle with expired registration tags parked nearby. At first, they though it unoccupied, but they noticed the front driver’s side window was rolled down. They approached and saw a man in the driver’s seat, fully reclined as if to escape to notice.

That man, said Deputy Les Garcia, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, was 36-year-old Michael Edward Garcia, who had been wanted since late July on a warrant alleging forgery. Michael Garcia had purchased a 1988 Ford Mustang with a forged check for $1300, Deputy Garcia said. (The two are not related.)

Michael Garcia, photo from the Sheriff’s Office

Deputy Garcia said the deputies searched Michael Garcia’s vehicle (not the Mustang) and found six Border Patrol uniforms and a Sheriff’s Office badge that had been reported missing in 2005. They also found checks and credit cards in several (not Michael Garcia) names.

It is possible the uniforms and badge were used to victimize people in the country illegally, Deputy Garcia said. Investigators are looking into that possibility, he said.

Michael Garcia was booked into the County Jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property and on his outstanding warrant. He was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. By Thursday, he had been released. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information call investigators at (209) 468-4400.

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