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FLORENCE — An attempt to steal a flat-bed trailer ended poorly for a couple of men.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Emmanuel Hernandez, 53, from Apache Junction is facing one charge of fraudulent schemes and artifices and Christopher R. Holden Marquez, 51, from Coolidge is facing one count each of trafficking in stolen property, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court records, Florence Police officers were called out to a home at 11:22 a.m. on Jan. 4 in the 1300 block of South Elizabeth Street. A resident at the home reported that his flat-bed trailer had been stolen sometime between 5:30 p.m. the day before and 8 a.m. on Jan. 4. He estimated the trailer to be worth about $5,400.

As officers were talking to the resident, his son called to say he had found the trailer attached to a blue Jeep Cherokee in a church parking lot near State Route 287 and Campbell Road.

When officers arrived at the church, they spotted the Jeep with the trailer still attached. The Jeep was missing its front passenger wheel and two men sitting inside the vehicle were later identified as Hernandez and Holden Marquez.

Hernandez and Holden Marquez allegedly told officers that they had gone with a friend to a home in Casa Grande. Their friend allegedly wanted to steal a trailer from the home and sell it to someone else, but the trailer was not at the home.

The men then allegedly drove to Florence in the Jeep to steal the trailer on South Elizabeth Street. The Jeep the men were driving developed a flat tire and they had to pull into the parking lot to change it. It was then that they found out that the spare tire was also low on air. The men then allegedly called a friend for help.

The friend arrived and took the flat tire to get it fixed but didn’t return before the police officers arrived.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at