Police Find Man Asleep In Stolen Car


Payson police were called to a local motel Monday night to rouse a man who was passed out in his car. What officers discovered was a driver, allegedly high on marijuana, in a stolen vehicle loaded with what police believe are stolen items or ones bought with stolen credit cards.



Jonathon Palermo, 21, of Phoenix, was slumped over in the back of a squad car as officers searched his vehicle.

"We found a list of credit card numbers and a machine that makes labels," Payson Police Officer Henry Thomason said.

Officers discovered marijuana, tools for breaking into cars, drug paraphernalia, and new clothing, DVDs, watches, cologne and a Nintendo video game player.

The white Acura Integra with California plates was reported stolen out of Phoenix, according to Payson Police Officer Steve Sachak.

"(Palermo) also had a warrant out of Mesa for failure to appear," Sachak said.

Palermo was charged with aggravated DUI-drugs, theft of the vehicle, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Payson Police Det. Steve Johnson took over the investigation and officers expect more charges to be forthcoming.

Palermo remains in Gila County Jail in lieu of a $7,500 bond.

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