SAN TAN VALLEY — Cisco Rodriguez was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Jan. 14 for running a “chop shop.”
Rodriguez, 42, of San Tan Valley was observed by DPS troopers driving a stolen tractor off his property at 10439 E. Bella Lane at 10:40 a.m.
When contacted by a DPS trooper, Rodriguez attempted to walk away but was apprehended.
“The tractor was stolen out of the town of Queen Creek and a vehicle theft report had been completed by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 13 (the previous day),” a DPS probable cause statement reads. “After Cisco (Rodriguez) was taken into custody, an inspection of the tractor indicated that the tractor's equipment serial number had been removed along with the owner's company logos. The tractor had also been partially repainted in an apparent effort to disguise it.”
The stolen tractor is valued at more than $25,000, according to court records.
Rodriguez, who is a convicted felon, was also charged with three weapons violations. He is a person prohibited from possessing weapons and was allegedly in the possession of a shotgun, a rifle and a handgun when arrested.
The other two charges against him include owning or operating a chop shop and theft of the backhoe, both Class 2 felonies.
He was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center Jan. 15 and was released on his own recognizance.
He makes his first appearance in Pinal County Superior Court Friday.