Uruguayan arrested for stealing neighbor’s dirt bike


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jose Carlos Piriz Santana, 24, was arrested early this morning and charged with grand theft of a dirt bike after an anonymous caller reported a man pushing a dirt bike down the road in the dark.

At about 3:00 a.m., the caller reported that a man was pushing a motorcycle on NW 44th Avenue; a responding Gainesville Police Department Officer saw a man, later identified as Piriz Santana, sitting on a 2022 Kayo dirt bike at the intersection of NW 10th Street and NW 44th Avenue. The officer reported that Piriz Santana was doing something at the front of the bike, where the ignition would be.

The officer reported that when he pulled up, Piriz Santana threw a knife into the woods and put his hands in the air. The officer wrote that as he approached the dirt bike, he could see that the ignition had been damaged. He ran the VIN of the dirt bike and contacted the owner, who lived nearby. The victim reportedly said that his bike, which is worth $3,000, was supposed to be in his backyard and that he had not given anyone permission to use it.

Post Miranda, Piriz Santana reportedly admitted that the dirt bike belonged to his neighbor and that he took it to go to the store. He reportedly said that he had attempted to start the bike with a knife and that he intended to return the bike after going to the store. Piriz Santana was identified by his Uruguay identification card.

Piriz Santana does not have any local criminal history; bail information is unavailable on holidays.

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  • The racist are gonna have a good time with this.. its not like 😕 this paper is gonna stop them…maybe say man steals dirt bike???

    • What racist? You have a citizen from another country with no US ID. That makes him an illegal alien, who entered our country without permission. Race has nothing to do with it. He is just a criminal who committed an additional crime. Wake up and smell the roses, man.

  • We all know what is about. How many that cross our southern border are driving vehicles without licenses? How will these accidents affect auto insurance rates? How will licensed drivers in these situations be able to able file against a non- licensed illegally entered person?

    • I’m ok with the judge handing this Uruguayan thief over to ICE and he can serve his time in Guantanamo and then go back to Uraguay and banned from returning to the US forever…

      • Oh no Mr Pink, we can’t help the judge or ICE with that information because we are a sanctuary city! 😫

        • It should be mandatory that ICE be notified…we’re a nation of laws. Someone forward this to the state legislature to fix it then.
          The state needs to withhold funding to GNV & Alachua county if they don’t follow all the laws. I have to follow them…I can’t pick and choose without consequences.
          Everyone at Grace Mkt should be warrant checked , drug tested, and sent back to where they came from to get help from their family, friends, or church. Don’t be coming in to my home while I’m sleeping and stealing my stuff…Grace Mkt needs to be shut down and all vagrants and panhandlers processed at the county jail. Zero tolerance.

          • Kat Cammack should be working on this…that all non-citizens who commit crimes here go right to ICE to be sent back to their countries without reentry after they complete their time in prison. The jail should contact ICE when they are booked…

  • Having an ID from another country does not mean you are illegal. There are criminals that were born here, immigrated legally, and illegally. It is odd to include the nationality in the headline. Perhaps the next time a white guy commits a crime the headline will read, “Irishman steals car.”

    • Mark – Perhaps you should deport yourself with this low life criminal that you are defending?

      Triggered by nationality in the headline? Stop being a snowflake.

      Your comment sounds like the typical liberal nonsense coming from local government.

    • You mean like the dozens of stories every month that start out “Florida man…”? It’s actually almost the norm to indicate where someone is from in the headline. Sorry you never learned how to think or whatever.

  • Thank you Poe, Your Biomess 2 billion Dollar debacle, amongst others as well a your lawlessness and Sanctuary City will be the legacy that you cherish and Gainesville goes under because of it.

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