A woman who accidentally locked her keys inside her car had the vehicle stolen while she went to get a spare key, according to Medford police.
Brandon Salvador Munoz, 20, no known address, has been charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, second-degree criminal mischief and carrying a concealed weapon in relation to the crime. He entered not guilty pleas to the charges Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court, according to court records.
Munoz remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Monday on $50,000 bail, according to jail records.
In late November, a woman told police she got off work at Marshalls in Medford and walked out to her Toyota Corolla in the parking lot. She accidentally locked her keys inside, according to an affidavit filed by police.
"While trying to get into her vehicle, the victim noticed the male suspect standing nearby, watching her," the affidavit said.
The woman's boyfriend arrived and took her home to get a spare key. She returned about 10 minutes later and found that her vehicle was gone, the affidavit said.
A Medford police officer located the missing vehicle in front of a Purple Parrot store — with Munoz getting out of the driver's seat, the affidavit alleges.
The officer contacted Munoz, who allegedly reached into his pocket and threw the victim's car keys to the ground. The suspect was taken into custody and eventually admitted he took the victim's vehicle from Marshalls after watching her lock the keys inside, the affidavit alleges.
Munoz allegedly told police he had just gotten out of jail because of another case of unauthorized use of a vehicle, the affidavit said.
Munoz allegedly caused extensive damage to the woman's car when he punched out the passenger side door lock to gain entry into the vehicle, the affidavit said.
During a pat-down search, a law enforcement officer found a switchblade knife in Munoz's pants pocket, leading to the weapons charge, the affidavit said.
Munoz has another pending case in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Neighbors in the Upper Applegate Road area allegedly saw him getting into mailboxes. Munoz was arrested Aug. 31 and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and three counts of mail theft or receipt of stolen mail. He was released from jail on his own recognizance in early September, according to court records.
Munoz entered not guilty pleas to those charges in late September and has a pre-trial conference hearing scheduled for Dec. 18, court records show.
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