Truckee man arrested for possession of stolen gun, property

Sierra Sun staff
Brandon Rangel-Munguia

Auburn Police officers Hamelin and Grkovic responded to the area of Brooke Road around 2 a.m. Sunday, after a caller reported two males looking through cars in the neighborhood, according to a news release.

Officers Hamelin and Grkovic found and detained two males, one 18-year-old adult and one 17-year-old juvenile, and subsequently found them to be in possession of stolen property and a loaded handgun with its serial number removed.

According to a report, the stolen property was found to have been stolen from vehicles in the neighborhood and after being identified by the owners some of it was returned to them.

Eighteen-year-old Brandon Rangel-Munguia of Truckee and the juvenile were arrested for several charges including being in possession of a stolen handgun, being in possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, possession of stolen property, malicious activity to a vehicle and prowling.

Rangel-Munguia was booked into the Placer County Jail with a bail amount of $10,000. The juvenile was booked into the Placer County Juvenile Hall for the charges.

“Due to the diligence of an aware citizen, our officers were able to quickly respond to the call and subsequently clear several theft cases; thank you for doing the right thing for your community,” said Lt. Victor Pecoraro.

“The Auburn Police Department recommends that you remove all valuables from your car and lock your car when you leave it, even during daylight hours,” the release states. “Further, we recommend you keep exterior lights on and illuminate your exterior property at night to discourage and prevent thefts to your vehicle and property.

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