Potted Plant Theft Leads To Identity Of Eloy Shoplifter


Eloy Police say they caught a criminal thanks to his earlier theft of an expensive plant.

According to the Eloy Police Department, on June 30th, 2022 a resident reported her two-foot potted Pony Tail Palm (potted plant valued at $150), was taken from her front porch. The thief walked away not noticing the video surveillance cameras.

As luck would have it officers were able to identify the suspect as Christopher Olvera, and later observed him at the Dollar General, 4002 W. Frontier Street in Eloy.

Olvera was wearing the same clothing as seen in the surveillance footage (black shirt, black shorts, grey backpack).

Olvera was taken into custody and additionally charged with shoplifting for the box of popsicles he took from the store without paying for that fell out of his shorts.

Olvera admitted to his crimes and stated he took the plant because it was shiny and pretty. The plant was recovered on Olvera’s front porch of his home and returned to the owner.

Olvera was booked into the Pinal County jail for theft, shoplifting, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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