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Package thieves arrested in Pinal County thanks to alert deputy

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PINAL COUNTY -

Package thieves have been arrested in Pinal County.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputies were called out to a home near N. Gantzel Road and W. Empire Boulevard Thursday evening after packages were stolen from a victim's home. 

Video shows a silver sedan passing the victim's home. The car then reverses into the victim's driveway. A female gets out, and begins to load the car with victim's packages. 

Later that evening, an alert deputy spotted a similar vehicle near Gantzel and Combs and pulled it over. Alizandria Lazcano was inside the vehicle, along with two other men. Lazcano was an exact match to the woman spotted on the surveillance video. 

As the investigation continued, deputies were given consent to search a home on the 37000 Block of Sandy Drive. One of the missing packages was in plain view on the living room table. Another package was found upstairs in one of the male suspect's rooms.

"It is unfortunate that people would chose to victimize our communities in this way, especially during the holidays. It is sad that we cannot trust that the packages delivered to our homes will be safe." Said Sheriff Mark Lamb. "We are thankful this homeowner had home surveillance and we are grateful to our deputy who was proactive and alert and able to find the suspects within hours of the initial call."

Investigators arrested 24-year old Alizandria Lazcano and 26-year old Raul Montiel. They face several charges to include, burglary, theft, and trespassing. Montiel is also being charged with DUI. More people could face charges.

Package Theft Prevention Tips:
- Request a "Signature Delivery Option". This requires a signature when the packages are delivered and ensures they will not be left at the front door.
- Request a specific drop off time and date when you will be home to accept your packages.
- Arrange to have your packages held at the shipping service so you can pick them up.
- Ask the delivery service to leave your packages at a side or back door. An enclosed porch where packages are out of sight is also a good option.
- Have your packages delivered to your workplace.
- Have your packages delivered to the home of a relative or neighbor who will be there to accept them.
- In-store delivery may be a safe option.

Please download the Pinal County Sheriff's Office App on your smart phones. It will allow you to submit tips so we can investigate suspicious activity in your neighborhood. The app should not be used for any incidents that requires an immediate response. Please call 911 or our non-emergency line at (520) 866-5111.

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