SAN TAN VALLEY — Pinal County deputies arrested three people in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries in San Tan Valley following a chase.
Around 4:45 a.m. on Monday, a resident reported witnessing three people breaking into a vehicle in San Tan Valley. According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, when deputies attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, the suspects sped off.
The pursuit ended after the driver crashed into a fence, and all three suspects bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot.
Deputies apprehended and arrested 24-year-old Julian Ochoa, 19-year-old Francisco Chamorro Fernandez and 21-year-old Angela Reveles. PCSO said the suspects are connected to at least 10 vehicle burglaries reported in the area that night.
The suspects’ vehicle was discovered to be stolen. During a search, deputies found additional stolen property including a laptop, a purse, a handgun and mail.
PCSO said vehicle burglaries have been an ongoing issue, especially in the San Tan Valley area.
“Many of these thefts can be prevented if you remember to keep your vehicles locked and valuables hidden from sight,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said in a press release.