BURLEY — A man being booked into jail on charges he stole from Walmart unwittingly tipped police off to another crime when he asked if he was also being charged with grand theft auto.

Manuel Jacuinde, 29, was arrested on Jan. 3 at the North Burley Walmart, court records show. Police recovered a stolen vehicle in Heyburn using the car’s GPS.

A woman told police she picked Jacuinde up in Burley on Dec. 2 to give him a ride to Heyburn.

She said she stopped briefly at a house to check on a friend who had fallen earlier that day.

She was inside her friend’s home less than five minutes when Jucuinde drove off in the maroon Chevrolet Cruise that belonged to the woman’s sister.

Jacuinde was also charged on Jan. 3 in Minidoka County with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, petit theft and resisting arrest.

A preliminary hearing in Minidoka County is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and another hearing in Cassia County is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

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