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Three Pensacola men are accused of working together to move a stolen car. The Pensacola Police Department (PPD) says an officer was patrolling the area around Pensacola Motor Lodge on Cervantes Street April 21st. The report says the that’s a high-crime area known for drugs and weapons offenses, as well as prostitution and stolen vehicles. The arrest report says the officer saw several cars flee the parking lot of the motel when he pulled in. That’s when he noticed a suspicious vehicle, a Chevrolet Impala, parked at the motel. A search of the car’s tag number revealed it had been reported stolen. PPD says other officers were called in to wait for someone to get into the Impala. The report says officers saw Ricky Dortch get into the car, and put a white cloth over the steering wheel. Dortch was quickly arrested. The report says Dortch told investigators he’d been approached by Willie Maxwell earlier about moving a vehicle out of the Pensacola Motor Lodge parking lot for a man named Jacobia Newberry, who was staying at the motel. Dortch says Newberry promised him a cocaine rock in exchange for moving the vehicle. The report says Dortch told investigators he knew the car was stolen, because he was told to take the white cloth to wipe off any fingerprints. PPD says officers tracked down at Maxwell at R and Gadsden Streets. He was arrested after officers found a prescription-only pill in his pocket. Maxwell told officers Newberry asked him to get someone to move the car, and told them he was staying at the Pensacola Motor Lodge. PPD says officers then went to the motel to speak with Newberry. He told investigators he’d seen the officer patrolling the area earlier that night, and wanted the Impala moved because he, “knew it was coming.” The report says Newberry claims he’d borrowed the car from someone called “J” April 19th. Newberry says he kept driving the car after “J” failed to return for it. All three men are being held in the Escambia County Jail. Newberry is charged with Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and Dealing in Stolen Property. Bond is set at $20,000. Dortch is charged with Dealing in Stolen Property. He’s being held on $15,000 bond. Maxwell is charged with Dealing in Stolen Property, and Possession of a Drug Without a Prescription. His bond is set at $6,000.

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