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Gun store burglary suspect pleads guilty to Madison County charges

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REXBURG — An Idaho Falls man accused of leading police on a pursuit through the streets of Rexburg with stolen guns in his truck pleaded guilty to three of four felony charges Monday in court in Madison County.

As part of a plea agreement Travis Castro pleaded guilty to eluding, grand theft by possession, and possession of meth. A charge of possession of heroin was dismissed in exchange.

He will be sentenced in October and faces up to 26 years in prison and $70,000 in fines, plus restitution.

Castro, 30, was booked into the Madison County Jail on Aug. 18 after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Main Street in Rexburg.

He is also being held on three misdemeanor warrants out of Bonneville County and a felony warrant for grand theft. The felony warrant stemmed from an unrelated Idaho Falls police case from May dealing with the theft of a vehicle.

Dash camera video captured from a Rexburg police car shows the dramatic police pursuit with Travis Castro. This video was shown during Castro’s preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

During the search of the white pickup Castro was driving, detectives identified the truck as being stolen from HK Contractors, Inc., in Idaho Falls. It is also believed to be the vehicle captured by surveillance footage from the Guns N Gear burglary, according to an Idaho Falls news release. Additionally, detectives recovered four guns from the truck which were identified as being stolen from Guns N Gear.

The Guns N Gear burglary is still an active investigation, Idaho Falls police have said. Detectives, however, said they do not believe anyone else is involved.

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