Thursday, October 17, 2013

PCSO looking for "investigative lead" in connection with Maricopa, Stanfield vehicle thefts (Updated)

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an investigative lead connected to two stolen vehicles recently discovered at a residence in Casa Grande.

On Saturday, October 12th, PCSO was called by an individual who wanted to provide information related to a stolen vehicle. The reporting party said that she had heard through rumors on the street that an individual by the name of Zeppelin Anderson (age 42 of Casa Grande) was driving around in a stolen Dodge Ram truck.

PCSO Property Crime Detectives responded to the 27100 block of West Dreamy Way, in Casa Grande, to check the residence which past records showed Anderson lived at. Once at the residence, detectives observed a truck partially covered with a tarp. The tarp was not covering the license plate. A quick check of the license plate revealed the Dodge Ram truck was a reported stolen vehicle.

The truck was parked in the driveway of the home behind a chain link fence. Detectives attempted to make contact with Anderson. When they knocked on the door, a female who was later identified as Selia Hernandez (age 30) answered. Hernandez said that she lives at the residence with Anderson but he was not home. She claimed she had never seen the vehicle in the driveway before.

Hernandez was arrested for outstanding warrants from a prior criminal case after she didn’t show for a court hearing. She was booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and searched the backyard of the home. They recovered a second stolen vehicle which had been stripped of parts. The vehicle was a 1992 Chevy van. Records show the van had been previously reported stolen from a business in Stanfield.

The Dodge truck was processed for evidence and then returned to its owner. The owner said the vehicle had been stolen from a residence in Maricopa.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “We are asking for help from the public to locate Zepplin Anderson who is considered an Investigative Lead in both stolen vehicle cases. If anyone has information regarding Anderson’s location, they are asked to call the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office at (520) 866-5111. Anderson is 6’03” tall, weighs 190 pounds, blonde hair and blue eyes. He has prior arrests for drugs, theft, weapon offenses and parole violations. 

Update from PCSO (10/21/13):

On October 16th, detectives went back out to Anderson's residence.  While at the residence, they heard a loud noise coming from a shed in the backyard.  They observed Anderson attempt to sneak out of the shed and walk away.  When contacted  by detectives he lied about his name initially.  Detectives recognized him and he was taken into custody.

Search incident to arrest, detectives found two fully loaded 45 caliber magazines in his pants pocket.  Anderson admitted to detectives he is a "Prohibited Possessor" and he is not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.  He also told detectives he had borrowed a gun from a friend to go shooting and then gave the gun back but forgot about the magazines full of bullets in his pockets.

Anderson also admitted to both of the vehicle theft cases.

A search warrant was issued for the residence and detectives located 627 live ammunition rounds inside. 

Zeppelin Anderson was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Misconduct Involving a Weapon, Theft of Means of Transportation and Possession of Stolen Property.

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