Trio of Pinal County car thieves undone by waffles

2013-07-17T10:19:00Z 2013-07-17T19:04:57Z Trio of Pinal County car thieves undone by wafflesKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 17, 2013 10:19 am  • 

It was surveillance video from a waffle house and gas station that lead Pinal County sheriff’s officers to arrest a trio of car thieves.

Deputies received a 911 call at about 8 a.m. July 12, from a man who reported his car had been broken into overnight while it was parked in front of his Gold Canyon home north of Florence, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

Taken were a laptop computer and a wallet containing cash and credit cards.

“While investigating this case, it was discovered one of the credit cards which had been stolen was used at a local gas station and a Waffle House … that morning,” Gaffney said.

Deputies identified the suspects from surveillance video and learned they might be staying at a nearby hotel.

At the hotel, deputies and detectives found Travis Cortez, 37, of Apache Junction, and Jennelle Camino, 22 of Saddlebrooke. A third suspect, Michael Mylander, 32, of Apache Junction, was found later in the day by officers from the Apache Junction Police Department.

Also found at the hotel: a car the trio are suspected of stealing.

All three suspects were booked into the Pinal County jail.

Mylander was arrested on an outstanding burglary warrant.

Cortez was booked for unlawful means of transportation, burglary, theft, forgery and taking the identify of another person.

Camino was booked for unlawful mean of transportation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending, Gaffney said.

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