On Friday April 22 at 6:25 p.m., PCSO deputies responded to a report of a suspicious white van in the area of Phillips Road and Sunland Gin Road, in an unincorporated area of Eloy. When deputies arrived, they found two people walking out of a desert area to a white van with items later to be determined to have been stolen from a fenced commercial yard.
The female was identified as 30-year-old Christina Martinez, a Stanfield resident. She was pushing a baby stroller which contained two clay pots. The male, identified as 46-year-old Michael Marsh, an Eloy resident, was carrying an automotive jack. The two said that they were coming from the fenced area and were “scrapping”, looking for discarded items to sell. They said they didn’t know they were not supposed to take the items.
Marsh was discovered to have a loaded .380 pistol in his waistband. The gun was found out to be listed as stolen, however, Marsh claimed to have bought it at a swap meet about a year ago.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “After arresting the two suspects, deputies discovered methamphetamine, another firearm, and possibly more stolen items inside the van. This is a typical scenario where our deputies find suspects committing multiple crimes to finance their drug habit.” He went on to say, “We are thankful that a citizen called to report the suspicious vehicle and we were able to investigate and arrest these two before they could commit more crimes.”
Martinez and Marsh are being held in the Pinal County Jail awaiting charges for Theft, Possession of stolen firearms, Possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.