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Second arrest made in connection with 2021 theft of border wall panels

2 months 18 hours 27 minutes ago Saturday, November 26 2022 Nov 26, 2022 November 26, 2022 5:32 PM November 26, 2022 in News - Local

A second individual was charged in connection with the December 2021 theft of nearly $1 million worth of border wall materials.

Jose Emmanuel “Manny” Gonzalez was arrested last week and charged with theft of public money, properties or records, federal court records show.

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Gonzalez went before a magistrate judge Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea.

Gonzalez was one of two individuals charged in the theft of border wall panels at a Pharr construction site that were left over from former President Donald Trump's border wall projects.

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Before the U.S. Department of Defense took over the investigation, Pharr police said they found several of the panels in the backyard of a Weslaco home.

Juan Nestor Rojas was arrested in connection with the theft in July and pled guilty to the theft charge in September, according to court records. 

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Gonzalez is currently out on a $30,000 bond, court records show.

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