Sheriff’s office asks for help in finding car theft/arson suspect in San Tan Valley

People with information about a person suspected to have stolen a car at gunpoint from a roadside vendor and then set another car on fire Feb. 14 in San Tan Valley are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111. (Courtesy of PCSO)

People with information about a person suspected to have stolen a car at gunpoint from a roadside vendor and then set another car on fire Feb. 14 in San Tan Valley are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111. (Courtesy of PCSO)

 

People who have information about a car stolen at gunpoint Feb. 14 from a roadside vendor in San Tan Valley are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111.

According to a press release, the vendor — a 62-year-old woman — called the sheriff’s office shortly after 6 p.m. Feb. 14 to report she had been robbed and that the suspect had set a car on fire near Hunt Highway and Thompson Road.

Several witnesses reported seeing the suspect pour gasoline on a black sedan and set it on fire, according to the release. When deputies arrived, they discovered the woman who called was a roadside vendor who had her vehicle stolen at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle is a Hyundai Santa Fe with Texas license plates; it has not yet been located.

The black sedan that the suspect burned was later found to have been a stolen vehicle from Chandler.

The suspect was described as a black male in his 30s, standing 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing 170-180 pounds and weighing a gray hood sweatshirt.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said the woman was selling bonsai trees along Hunt Highway when the suspect drove up in a black sedan. The suspect allegedly approached the victim, pointed a handgun at the woman and demanded money, Sheriff Babeu said.

“When she did not immediately comply, the man went back to the black sedan and set it on fire. The victim fled without being injured, but the suspect took her vehicle and drove away,” Sheriff Babeu said.

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