Greeley’s crash-and-grab bandit appears battered in mugshot

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Robert Eugene Sandoval (Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)

Robert Eugene Sandoval (Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)

Robert Eugene Sandoval (Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office)

Robert Eugene Sandoval (Photo: Weld County Sheriff’s Office)

GREELEY, Colo. – A 19-year-old was sent to the hospital Saturday after stealing a car and driving it through several businesses in Greeley, according to police.

On Monday, police released the mug shot that confirmed at least some of the crash-and-grab bandit’s injuries. In the photo, Robert Eugene Sandoval is shown bearing cuts and bruises soon after his arrest on Saturday morning. That’s when Greeley police spokesperson Susie West said Sandoval attempted to break into more than a dozen cars before stealing a Mitsubishi Eclipse with the keys inside.

Police said they received a call just before 4 a.m. that a car had driven through glass doors at the Sears store in the Greeley Mall. Authorities said Sandoval stole merchandise inside the store and then drove through the doors of Bittersweet Liquors located on 35th Avenue and 10th Street in west Greeley.

Sandoval continued his joyride by driving into the lobby of a nearby US Bank. Police said he drove in one side and back out the other, causing at least $40,000 in damage.

Though the trip through the bank was of little benefit to Sandoval — authorities say there was no apparent burglary inside the bank — it was very beneficial to police, who said a license plate from the Eclipse was left behind during the crash.

Police said they got a call about a damaged Eclipse heading down 10th Street at a high rate of speed. Officers found the car in an irrigation ditch just west of 35th Avenue, where they said it sheared a utility pole and crashed nose-down in a ditch.

Sandoval was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for injuries. He will face multiple charges after he is able to leave the hospital, according to police.

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