High school baseball player back on team after caught stealing trucks

Jorge Marroquin

School officials confirm a Rio Grande City high school student is back on the baseball team after being arrested for stealing trucks and crossing them into Mexico.

Rio Grande City Independent School District attorney Victor Canales confirmed Thursday, that first baseman and pitcher Jesus Vargas is back on the team.

Rio Grande City baseball player Jorge Luis Marroquin was also arrested in connection to the auto theft ring, will be off the team starting Monday.

In total, four men were arrested by the Starr County District Attorney's office Auto Theft Task Force in connection to the transnational auto theft ring.

The investigation started on January 25th.

Investigators told Action 4 News that authorities stopped Vargas heading into Mexico at the Rio Grande City-Camargo International Bridge.

A routine records check revealed that the Ford F-250 pickup truck he was driving had been reportedly stolen and that it had damage to the ignition.

The school attorney said Vargas was suspended from the team following the arrest, but is back on the team after serving his time at the districts alternative campus.

Daniel Rodriguez was arrested on February 28th in connection to the auto theft ring and Marroquin turned himself in on March 4th.

District attorney's office investigators believe all four men are part of an auto theft ring that steals cars from the American side of the border and moves them to Mexico.

All four men are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a felony charge.

Canales said the school district is complying with all UIL regulations and state laws.

None of the students have been indicted or found guilty of the crime.

"The punishments which RGCCISD levied administratively are completely discretionary and many districts do not punish children arrested outside of school for non-violent offenses. RGCCISD has a history of treating all children alike and thus these two were also punished as any other child would have been. Upon their serving of their punishment they are reinstated into any regular curriculum and any extracurricular activities which they were in previously until some adjudication of guilt , dismissal or acquittal," Canales said."

He said the school district made the decision to suspend both Vargas and Marroquin from the baseball team even though they are charged with a non-violent felony.