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OPERATION QUEEN TERRAIN ENDS WITH SEVEN ARRESTS
 
Posted: 8/14/2018 12:00 AM
 

MEDIA RELEASE
CONTACT: Navideh Forghani (520) 866-5208

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office completed a one month investigation into an auto theft ring, arresting all seven players involved. The investigation started after patrol deputies received a tip about a possible auto theft operation.

During the course of the investigation, deputies identified the suspects and learned each had a specific role in the operation. The suspects would case different neighborhoods, looking for anyone with an off-road vehicle or motorcycle. They would then come back and steal the vehicle.

Marco Salazar, Sergio Guerra, Brittany Knauff, Courtney Jenkins, Paul Clement, Matthew Voorhees, and Gabriel Burgueno have all been indicted and charged in connection to Operation Queen Terrain. PCSO believes they are linked to at least 40 different auto thefts. Deputies have recovered eight vehicles in connection to this case. In one instance, our deputies found the stolen vehicle before the citizen realized it was gone. The approximate value of the property our deputies were able to return to their rightful owners, through this investigation was in excess of $95,000.

“This crew actively drove around looking for unsecured vehicle in open garages, yards and the side of homes. It is so important for people to secure their belongings,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “We are grateful for the concerned citizen that alerted us to this operation. If you notice any suspicious activity, anyone casing neighborhoods, you can send us a tip through our App or call our dispatch.”

An estimated 40 ATVs, motorcycles or quads were stolen from the citizens in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek area. We believe the group also operated in the valley and we are working with those agencies. This is an ongoing investigation and we expect more people to be arrested. Persons indicted in this operation are facing in excess of 40 Felony Charges to include, Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, Theft of Means of Transportation, Trafficking Stolen Property, and Possession of Stolen Property.
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