Roadside Vendor Robbed, Car set on Fire

On Feb. 14 at 6:05 p.m., PCSO 9-1-1 Communications Center received report from a 62-year-old female saying that she had been robbed and the suspect set a car on fire near Hunt Highway and Thompson Road.

Several witnesses reported seeing the suspect pour gasoline on a black sedan and set it on fire. When deputies arrived, they discovered that the woman who called was a roadside vendor who had her vehicle stolen at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle is a Hyundai Santa Fe with Texas license plates and has not yet been located. The black sedan that the man burned was later found to have been a stolen vehicle from Chandler.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “The victim was selling bonsai trees along Hunt Highway when the suspect drove up in a black sedan. He approached the victim, pointed a handgun at her and demanded money. When she did not immediately comply, the man went back to the black sedan and set it on fire. The victim fled without being injured, but the suspect took her vehicle and drove away. The victim described the suspect as a black male in his 30’s, 5’10”, 170- 180 lbs, wearing gray hooded-sweatshirt.”

Anyone who has information about this crime is encouraged to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at 520-866-5111. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Farden via Facebook)


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