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Man crashes through Uvalco

Business estimates $20-50K in damages

Pete Luna| Leader-News
Rigoberto Bautista’s truck stands damaged among the concrete troughs it collided with on the morning of June 6.

The Uvalde Police Department arrested Rigoberto Bautista, 39, and Rebekah Peña Lopez, 37, for driving through Uvalco Supply on the morning of June 6. The duo from Cleveland, Texas, was arrested at about 8 a.m. Bautista faces criminal mischief charges and Lopez faces criminal trespassing charges.

Pete Luna |Leader News
Uvalde Police Department officer Jose Gonzales arrests Rigoberto Bautista after he drove his truck through Uvalco on June 6.

At about 3 a.m., Bautista drove a Dodge Ram truck through the business’s  fencing, located off East Main Street, and onto the property. Workers that arrived on scene hours later found the couple and a dog still on the property and phoned police.

Ryan Boultinghouse, a manager at Uvalco who has worked there for 19 years, told the Leader-News on June 6 that the business estimates it lost between $20,000 and $50,000 in inventory. The vehicle damaged a feed wagon, light pole, fencing and several concrete water troughs. The loss will be recovered through insurance, Boultinghouse said.

Pete Luna|Leader-News
A feed wagon rests on its side after Bautista’s truck rammed it down during the June 6 wreck.

Boultinghouse said he anticipates damages will not affect business in the coming days. The business will install temporary fencing amid repairs. Although people have broken into the company’s front gate previously, Boultinghouse said this was the most severe incident in recent years.

“It was nothing like someone barreling through,” he said.

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