POCATELLO — A local man is facing up to life in prison if convicted for a brazen robbery incident at a business in the city’s warehouse district.
The incident began to unfold around 2:45 p.m. Saturday when Manuel Soltero, 30, of Pocatello, entered a retail store in the 700 block of South First Avenue and stole some keys that he found at the business, Pocatello police said.
Soltero then used the keys to start one of the store’s vehicles parked outside the business, police said.
Employees of the business then attempted to stop Soltero from driving from the establishment, but he sped away while at least one of the employees tried unsuccessfully to hang onto the vehicle, police said.
The employees were not injured in the encounter and they reported the incident to police.
Pocatello police immediately responded and spotted Soltero parking the vehicle a few blocks away from the store and then exiting the vehicle.
Police arrested Soltero without incident as he walked away from the vehicle and charged him with robbery, which is punishable by at least five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Soltero was booked into Bannock County Jail following his arrest.
Pocatello police would not disclose the name of the business where the crime occurred.