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The following was taken from the records at the Eloy Police Department.

Aug. 3

Employees at the Flying J discovered a device attached to the card reader of gas pump No. 6.

Frank Salazar was contacted after being reported to have been looking into residential yards in the area of Estrella Road and Kiosha Street. During a records check on Salazar, it was discovered he had multiple warrants for his arrest including a felony warrant.

APS became the victim of criminal damage when an unknown suspect(s) drove an unknown vehicle through a down guy cable at power pole No. 310810. The case is inactive pending new leads and/or evidence leading to the identification of suspects.

Aug. 4

Veronica Lira was cited and released for K9 at large and dangerous K9 after she left for the bank and two pitbulls left her property and one of them bit a neighbor.

A juvenile was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana at the Santa Cruz Valley Union High School. The suspect admitted he was in possession and had inhaled the product from a blue electronic pen containing marijuana (field tested positive). Charges will be forwarded to the Pinal County Juvenile Court Services Office. Suspect was turned over back to SCVUHS awaiting pick-up from their mother.

Dean Burnett was arrested on Stuart Street and 5th Street for a valid warrant from the Central Pinal Justice Court. The bond for the pre-adjudication warrant is $2020. Burnett was transported and booked into the Pinal County Jail on the above-mentioned warrant.

Aug. 5

America Best Value Inn became the victim of fraudulent schemes and theft when an unknown male paid for a room with $100 in fake US currency. Sometime during his stay, the suspect stole a 32-inch Magnavox TV from the room.

Aug. 6

Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, Xpress Fuels became the victim of theft when person(s) unknown stole a pressure washer and associated hoses from the rear of the store. There are no suspects of investigative lead.

Jessica Flores was arrested for three valid Eloy City Court warrants during a call for service regarding a subject disturbing. Flores was subsequently transported and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

Between Aug, 6 and Aug. 8, an unknown female became the victim of burglary, person(s) unknown person entered her residence causing $500 dollars in damage, and stole approximately $5210 in property. There are no suspects or investigative leads.

Aug. 7

An officer was dispatched to America’s Best Value Inn for a report of vandalism/criminal damage to a bathroom door of apt. 102 by unknown suspect(s). Damages were reported to be $100 in repairs.

Some time between Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, an unknown female became the victim of criminal damage when an unknown individual broke the rear windshield out of her 2018 Buick SUV while parked at her residence. No individuals were witnessed causing the damage and the case is inactive pending further leads.

Aug. 8

Kurtis Thompson was arrested near the intersection of Tumbleweed Road and Frontier Street for two valid and confirmed Eloy City warrants after he was found to be trespassing as he walked along the train tracks. Thompson was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center to be seen by a judge.

Aug. 9

Joshua Chavez was cited and released for driving on a suspended license, contact was made with Chavez during a traffic stop for an equipment violation in the area of Shira Road and Shedd Road.

Juan Balbasto was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs and possession of paraphernalia after he was contacted at Main Street Park during a consensual contact. Balbasto was booked into PCSO Jail and the charges sent to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office.

Between Aug. 9 and Aug. 13, the San Miguel Golf Course became the victim of burglary and theft when an unknown person(s) forced entry into the golf cart storage garage and stole at least five golf cart charging systems.

Freddie Greer was contacted for a verbal family argument. The investigation revealed Greer had two active warrants for his arrest from Maricopa County Superior Court. Greer was transported to the Pinal County Jail and booked on the valid warrants.

Aug. 10

Jacob Gould was cited and released for failure to yield from a stop sign and failure to produce evidence of financial responsibility. This incident was the result of a motor vehicle collision which occurred at Toltec Road and Frontier Street.

Between Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, San Miguel Golf Course became the victim of burglary when person(s) unknown stole a trailer ($6000 value) from their fenced commercial yard.

Aug. 12

Montenique Montgomery was arrested for trespassing in the third degree after she was seen in the parking lot of Circle K. A customer also informed the staff that she was outside asking for money and for someone to buy her beer. Montgomery was also transported and booked to the Pinal County Jail.

Aug. 15

Jamie Valenzuela was arrested for driving under the influence after being contacted during a traffic stop on Houser Road and Estrella Road. Valenzuela was transporting three juveniles, during an inventory of the vehicle, a handgun was located under the passenger seat. The handgun’s serial number was grinded off, making it not legible. All juveniles were turned over to their parents. Valenzuela was brought to Eloy Police Department for processing and two tubes of blood were retrieved. All evidence was booked into the Eloy PD. Valenzuela was released and charges will be forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney Office when the blood results are known.

Christina Martinez damaged Monica Noriega’s watch while assaulting her. Martinez also damaged Noriega’s car windshield before fleeing. Martinez was not located and a summons requested.


David Church is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. He can be reached at dchurch@pinalcentral.com.