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REPORTS FROM 
CASA GRANDE 
POLICE DEPARTMENT



Earlier Police Department stories are under 

POLICE ARCHIVE




The latest police strategic plan update stories, including criticisms, are found on the POLICE PLAN page, above.


The controversy over officers leaving the department is also covered under POLICE PLAN, including the resignation under fire of Chief Johnny Cervantes.




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Two new officers on the force



(Posted Aug. 3, 2017)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


Join CGPD in congratulating our new police officers, Hannah Fox and Charles Summers.

These two outstanding candidates graduated today from the Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Training Center.

Welcome aboard.





(Posted July 27, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


Recognize me, my car? 

CGPD is trying to ID this person regarding a recent theft. 

Please contact Detective McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.

Shooting suspect ID'd, whereabouts sought

Dominick Dyer, left


(Posted July 12, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has probable cause for the arrest of 18-year-old Casa Grande resident Dominick Dyer, in connection to the June 20th shooting of a 15-year-old boy.

On the morning of June 20, the boy was shot at a residence in the 500 block of North Lincoln Avenue. The victim survived the shooting. 

One of the subjects known to be in the area during the time of the shooting is Dyer. 

Investigators have determined Dyer was involved in this incident and have probable cause for his arrest. 

TheCasa Grande Police Department is asking the public to help locate Dyer. His whereabouts are unknown, but he is known to frequent the same area as where the shooting occurred. 

Anyone having any information regarding this incident or the location of Dyer is asked to call the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8700 or Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053.  

Citizens are also encouraged to report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100.



CG police investigating sexual assault report

(Posted July 6, 2017)


The Police Department made this announcement today:



The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating the report of a sexual assault that occurred early Thursday morning at the Quality Inn Hotel, 665 N. Via del Cielo Road in Casa Grande.

The victim, a 35-year-old woman, reported an unknown man entered her hotel room and sexually assaulted her. She not recognize the subject and was able to call police after he left her room. 

The suspect has not been located and is described as a Hispanic male, early to mid-thirties, 5’5”-5’11”, thin build, black hair and a black mustache. 

He is described to have been wearing a blue button-down work shirt, white undershirt and dark jeans. He is also described as having a deep voice. 

A composite drawing of the suspect has been created by a police sketch artist, based on the victim’s recollection.

Anyone having any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8700 or Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053.  

Citizens are also encouraged to report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100.


7-Eleven robbery update

(Posted June 30, 2017)


The Police Department posted this 7-Eleven robbery update today, linking to a Casa Grande Dispatch story:


Arrest made in 7-Eleven robbery.

Thx CasaGrande.


http://www.pinalcentral.com/casa_grande_dispatch/area_news/cg-police-capture-robbery-suspect-with-fake-tattoos/article_cf3acc41-e470-5f58-87ef-f48be44f6642.html


(Scroll down this page for original Police Department press release)




Anybody know these shoplifters? 

(Posted June 29, 2017)



Next Coffee with a Cop is July 6

(Posted June 29, 2017)


Join us at our next Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks (1485 E. Florence Blvd.) on Thursday, July 6, from 6:30-8:30 a.m.

As always, no agenda or presentation, just an opportunity to meet your local police officers.






Anybody know this shoplifter? 

Submit tip to casagrandesilentwitness.com


(Posted June 29, 2017)







(Posted June 29, 2017)


The Police Department issued this information today:


Do you recognize this robbery suspect?

A robbery of Casa Grande 7-Eleven occurred at 3:25 this morning. 

Suspect appears to be Hispanic male in his 40s, approximately 5'10", 170-190 pounds, tattoos on both face and arms. 

After the robbery, the suspect ran towards Center Park Apartments.

Best pics we have at this time.

Contact Det. M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038, or submit a tip to casagrandesilentwitness.


DUI enforcement patrols on road June 30-July 5

(Posted June 26, 2017)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols for 4th of July weekend, beginning Friday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 5.  

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them about the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.  

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande.  

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Warning issued about Snapchat location feature

(Posted June 26, 2017)



The Police Department shared this today from the Lafourche Parish (La.) Sheriff’s Office:


Snapchat users and parents: Snapchat's latest update includes a feature called "Snap Map" which connects to your GPS and (unless activated ghost mode) shows where you are on a map to anyone who follows you - down to your exact location on your street. 

Some snaps can also possibly be seen publicly depending on your settings. 

We certainly recommend turning on "Ghost Mode" to avoid showing your location. 

To do this, open the app and pinch the screen. This will load the map. When you do it for the first time it should ask you if you want to activate ghost mode. If it doesn't, click on the icon in the top right hand corner, where you will be able to tick a box putting ghost mode on.

We further caution everyone to be careful about what they are sharing, and limit your snaps to only people you know personally.

Be safe and be smart about how you use social media.


Casa Grande Police Department is requesting assistance with information in a shooting incident that occurred yesterday afternoon, June 20, on Lincoln Ave. 

If you have any potential information that could help with the case please submit a tip to casagrandesilentwitness.com.


(Posted June 21, 2017)






Not great pics, but if you recognize the male or female in these pics, please contact Police Aide Liban at 421-8711, ext. 6307, regarding a recent theft.


(Posted June 19, 2017)





Anybody know a male subject who has a tattoo across the front of his neck that says "Changed Forever" and he is possibly from California?

If you do, you can submit an anonymous tip online at casagrandesilentwitness.com.


(Posted June 14, 2017)





The Casa Grande Police Department is searching for this man who robbed Vantage West credit union at 4:46 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13. Police said the possible getaway vehicle is a white or light colored Honda CRV. No one was injured during the robbery. If you recognize him, call the department at 421-8700.


(Posted June 13, 2017)


UPDATE TO ABOVE


Regarding the robbery that occurred on June 13 at Vantage West: It has been determined the actual getaway vehicle was a White Acura RDX. The vehicle was missing a bumper and had passenger side damage below the door. The suspect is believed to have left westbound on Florence Boulevard.

If you have any information about this incident, contact Casa Grande Police Department or Silent Witness.


(Posted June 16, 2017)



The Casa Grande Police Department needs to identify these two subjects regarding a theft investigation. If you know them, contact Detective M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


(Posted June 12, 2017)




UPDATE to bulletins below:


Both men were captured today.


(Posted June 9, 2017)

Please contact the Casa Grande Police Department at 421-8700 or submit a tip if you know the location of these  wanted subjects. https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=337


(Posted June 8, 2017)


DUI patrols operating over Memorial Day weekend

(Posted May 24, 2017)


The Police Department made this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be conducting a DUI saturation patrols operation for Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday and ending on Monday, May 29th.  

Our efforts will be focused on detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on our community. 

Please remember, consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle is considered to be under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternate transportation.


(Posted May 22, 2017)


The Police Department posted this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is trying to identify the male and female in these photos regarding a theft. If you recognize them, please contact Det. M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.



Buckle Up safety enforcement through June 4

(Posted May 18, 2017)


The Police Department issued this today:

 

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Casa Grande Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

The enforcement mobilization will run from May 22-June 4.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!  

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state.  

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent. 

The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1-4 years old) in passenger cars. 

Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent among children ages 4-8 years old.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  


BUCKLE UP ARIZONA … IT’S THE LAW


$52,472 grant for helping with border security 

(Posted May 18, 2017)


The Casa Grande Police Department will receive $52,472 to fund its assistance to the U.S. Border Patrol as part of Operation Stonegarden, a border security effort.

The grant, approved Monday night by the City Council, is from the federal Department of Homeland Security through its Arizona department.

“The funds will be used for overtime, employee related expenses and vehicle mileage reimbursement for officers to continue coordinated Operation Stonegarden details that assist the department with the reduction of crime and help keep the community safe,” the staff report says.

In its application letter, the Police Department wrote:

“The Casa Grande Police Department will support the U.S. Border Patrol to assist and support the priority mission of antiterrorism, detection, arrest, prosecution, deterrence and intelligence gathering related to all and other such smuggling enterprises deemed harmful to the United States. 

“Through this cooperative effort of strict enforcement along potential avenues of entry of major thoroughfares, the department will assist in the action to close those corridors utilized by criminals and/or terrorists. 

“The CGPD (in cooperation with the Border Patrol) will assign personnel to conduct interdiction measures on various routes of travel known or suspected to be used by those parties intent on smuggling narcotics, financial assets, illegal aliens and weapons into the United States.”

It said the $52,472 will allow an extra 23 Stonegarden deployments in 2017. 


(Posted May 8, 2017)


Join us in welcoming Casa Grande Police Department’s new officers.

Jason Estrada, Andrew Egan and Justin Mitchell are flanked by Sgt. Ramirez, left, and Capt. Winston.

These men just graduated among 50 Arizona peace officers.


Arrests made in high school vandalism spree

(Posted May 4, 2017)


The Police Department issued this Thursday evening:


The Casa Grande Police Department has made multiple arrests in the April 21 burglary and vandalism case at Casa Grande Union High School which resulted in significant damage to the school, equipment and vehicles. 

Police have been working diligently with the school district to gather evidence and information since the event occurred.  

Based on this information, detectives were able to identify two juveniles involved in the incident, a 15-year -old male and a 14-year-old male juvenile.  

Neither of these juveniles attend Union High School.

The same 15-year-old male is also the primary suspect along with a separate 14-year-old male in the April 13  vandalism spree that occurred in the Ironwood subdivisions near McMurray and Peart Road where numerous vehicles were damaged in various ways such as slashed tires and broken windows.  

In the April 13th incidents, the juveniles were identified as shoplifting two knives from Walmart just prior to the criminal damage occurring. 

All three of these juveniles have been arrested.  

The two juveniles related to the school incident were booked into the Pinal County Juvenile Detention Center yesterday. The third juvenile was processed today and multiple charges of burglary and criminal damage are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review for each of them.

The Casa Grande Police Department would like to acknowledge the Casa Grande Union High School District and the staff of Union High School for their assistance during this investigation.


Cinco de Mayo DUI patrols begin Thursday

(Posted May 2, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols for Cinco de Mayo weekend, beginning Thursday, May 4, through Sunday morning, May 7.

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande.  

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.  

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation. 



Police asking for identify of person in theft case





(Posted March 13, 2017)


The Police Department posted this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking the identify of this person regarding a theft case.

If you can identify him, call Police Aide Liban at 421-8711, ext. 6307. 

CG police seeking theft/assault suspect



(Posted March 9, 2017)


Do you recognize this person? 

The Police Department is investigating a theft/assault case. 

If you recognize this subject, please contact Detective McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.





Police seek identity of shoplifting suspect

(Posted March 1, 2017)


The Police Department issued this today:


This subject's identity is needed regarding a recent shoplifting. 

If you recognize him, please contact Detective McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


Two held in fraud ring targeting Lowe's stores

 Gilbert Torres, left, and Michael Mata



(Posted Feb. 23, 2017)


The Police Department made this announcement today:



On Feb. 7, Casa Grande Police Department property crimes detectives were alerted to several suspects committing fraudulent returns of Lowe’s Home Improvement merchandise between Chandler and Casa Grande.

An investigation was immediately initiated and intelligence led detectives to learn these individuals were conducting high dollar tool runouts of the Casa Grande and Chandler locations on this same day. 

At 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, a CGPD officer responded to the Casa Grande Lowe’s location for a related call and made contact with several subjects believed to be involved.  

Two of the subjects were detained by the officer and the rest fled the area and were not located. 

The two, 37-year-old Glendale resident Gilbert Torres and 38-year-old Peoria resident Michael Mata were detained, along with their vehicle.  

The vehicle was full of new tools and appliances, most of which were Home Depot brands.

It was determined these subjects were stealing merchandise from one store and returning them at another using false identification.  

It was also determined that, at times, these subjects were simply running out of the stores with the unpaid merchandise.  

After further investigation and communication with Chandler and Casa Grande stores, Torres and Mata were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.  

Charges of organized retail theft, fraudulent schemes and trafficking of stolen property are being submitted to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

This remains an ongoing investigation. 


62 cited during Pinal Avenue speed enforcement

(Posted Feb. 22, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department conducted a multi-agency speed enforcement detail on Feb. 22 in an effort to provide a safer route of travel for Casa Grande citizens and the commuting public and to reduce the number of collisions along Pinal Avenue/Highway 387.

Law enforcement officers from Casa Grande, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and the city of Maricopa combined enforcement efforts in the 45-mile-per-hour area. Speeding violators found to be in excess of 57 miles per hour were cited.  

The enforcement detail began at 6 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m. 

Officers issued 62 citations in total; 42 drivers were cited for speeding and 10 were given warnings for speed.  The remaining citations were for various (non-speeding) traffic violations.   

The Casa Grande Police Department is appreciative of the participating agencies and the city of Casa Grande for providing additional resources to make this detail a success. Additionally, CGPD recognizes the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for their ongoing support to make Casa Grande a safe driving community.

As always, we remind our citizens to make good decisions when traveling on our roadways. Speeding, distracted or erratic driving, and inattention can lead to serious and/or deadly collisions. Be smart, think ahead and arrive alive.

Team recovers valuable para-glide parachute

(Posted Feb. 22, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


In January of 2017, the Casa Grande Police Department Community Response Team participated in a joint operation with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit that resulted in the recovery of a valuable para-glider parachute stolen from a victim’s vehicle in the city of Maricopa.  

The parachute, belonging to Maricopa resident William Aims, is valued at well over $5,000.00 and was stolen in December of 2016. 

Law enforcement officers from both agencies were conducting an unrelated search warrant in the 400 block of West 12th Street in Casa Grande when they noticed the parachute in the backyard of a residence.  

The homeowner denied ownership of the parachute and, based on additional information regarding recent burglaries in our community, officers were able to seize the parachute and place it into evidence holding. A suspect has not been identified.

A search began for the owner of the parachute and, along with effective communication among local law enforcement agencies, officers were able to identify the owner as Mr. Aims. 

Mr. Aims was more than thrilled when he learned of the recovery of his property and wanted to recognize both agencies for their efforts.  

Today, Mr. Aims and his daughter visited the Casa Grande Police Department, shared stories of their gliding adventures and asked for photos to share among friends and peers in their gliding associations.

The Casa Grande Police Department is proud of our joint policing efforts and our relationship with members of our community. This serves as a great example of good police work and community partnerships.

Two held in $20,000 Sommers Jewelers theft

 Cleveland Armstrong, left, and Carolin Strange



(Posted Feb. 22, 2017)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 66-year-old Cleveland Armstrong in connection to last week’s jewelry theft at Sommers Jewelers.  

Armstrong’s accomplice in the crime, 57-year-old Carolin Strange, was located by the Eloy Police Department and arrested, as well.

On Feb. 15, Armstrong and Strange entered Sommers Jewelers, 503 E. Florence Blvd. Armstrong requested an item from the back that he claimed was being repaired.  

As the employee went to the back to retrieve the item, Armstrong removed a tray of jewelry valued at nearly $20,000 from one of the display counters. Strange distracted another employee during the removal of the jewelry. 

Armstrong concealed the items under his clothing and exited the store to place them in his vehicle. He then re-entered the store to collect his repaired item. 

Employees noticed the missing jewelry shortly after Armstrong and Strange left the store. At that time, an employee called police. 

Fortunately, Sommers Jewelers utilizes video surveillance and the theft was recorded. 

Police began searching for Armstrong and Strange and were contacted by the store the next day when Armstrong returned to have another item repaired. 

Armstrong was booked in to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on Feb. 16. 

The Eloy Police Department located Carolin Strange on Feb. 17 and she was then booked in to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center by CGPD. 

Charges of burglary and theft on both subjects are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Expired, unused prescription drug drop off locations

(Posted Jan. 24, 2017)


The Police Department posted this today:


Do you have unused or expired prescription drugs? Wondering what to do with them?

Visit our police stations at 373 E. Val Vista Blvd. or 520 N. Marshall St. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and drop them off at our MedReturn drug collection units. 

These units are co-sponsored by CGPD and the Casa Grande Alliance. 

We are partnering for a safe and drug-free community.


PD gets DUI, speed enforcement equipment grant

(Posted Jan. 21, 2017)


LIDAR device, left



The Police Department made this announcement today:



The Casa Grande Police Department has received a $35,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to fund DUI enforcement details and purchase traffic enforcement equipment for the period beginning Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017.

• $20,000 will fund officer overtime to work DUI enforcement during times of the year when impaired driving increases.

• $15,000 will fund the purchase of two LIDARs (light detection and ranging), which are speed measurement devices with the capability to video and record violations.

As always, we remind our citizens that consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.   




(Posted Jan. 19, 2017)


Cpl. Francisco Lujan has been recognized by the Sons of the American Revolution as the Law Enforcement Professional of the Year 2016. 

Known to many as Pancho, Cpl. Lujan is a great representative of our agency and mission. We are all proud of you.











(Posted Jan. 19, 2017)


The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking this person in connection with investigation of a theft/fraud case.

If you have information, contact Det. M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.



Community meetings set on anticrime program

(Posted Jan. 10, 2017)


A complete story on DDACTS, including map, is posted under SPECIAL



The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The first community DDACTS meeting is set for Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at Cottonwood Elementary School.

If you live or work in the area of the school, we encourage you to come out to speak with police representatives about our new policing model - DDACTS, a Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church (in the Fellowship Hall) at Cottonwood Lane and Kadota Avenue where the Police Advisory Board will hold its quarterly meeting and discuss DDACTS.

The DDACTS zone is a one-square-mile zone with a boundary of McMurray Boulevard north to Viola and Pinal Avenue east to Trekell Road. 

Anyone living inside or outside the DDACTS zone is welcome to come and learn more about this model.


January schedule for Coffee with a Cop

(Posted Jan. 3, 2017)


The Police Department posted this announcement:


Here are the dates for our upcoming Coffee with a Cop events. 

Several CGPD representatives will be on hand to discuss the latest Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) policing model.

• Jan. 5: 7-9 a.m.. – Modbox Bistro, 973 E Cottonwood Lane.

• Jan. 14: 8-10 a.m. – Safeway, 1637 N. Trekell Road.

• Jan. 19: 7-9 a.m. – National Guard Armory, 320 E. Cottonwood Lane. 

• Jan. 26: 7-9 a.m. – 7-Eleven, 1592 N. Casa Grande Ave.


Gun at high school leads to two teen arrests

(Posted Dec. 16, 2016)


The Police Department issued this statement this afternoon:


On Dec. 16, 2016, at approximately 9:40 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department arrested two teenagers found to be in possession of a firearm at Casa Grande Union High School. 

Police responded to CGUHS, 2730 N. Trekell Road, after school administrators reported a student with a handgun on campus. Based on the investigation, police determined a 16-year-old male student brought a handgun to school in his backpack. The firearm was found unloaded, with separate ammunition in the backpack.  

The 16-year-old and a 15-year-old male student were both in possession of the firearm at various times.  The two also threatened another teenage student. 

No students or staff were injured at any time.  

The two teenagers were arrested and charges of threatening and misconduct with weapons are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review. 



(Posted Dec. 15, 2016)


Recognize these guys? 

CGPD needs your help to identify these two regarding a recent burglary in our community. 

If so, please contact Det. D. Peters at 421-8711, ext. 6064.



$132,000 border security grant goes to CGPD

(Posted Dec. 11, 2016)


The Casa Grande Police Department has received a $132,000 grant allowing officers to work with the U.S. Border Patrol to combat smuggling of narcotics and illegal immigrants.

The department has received such a grant for the past few years to participate in Operation Stonegarden, a part of the federal Department of Homeland Security.

It covers overtime, police officer related expenses and vehicle mileage reimbursement.

“What we do is we work with the Border Patrol in a certain area of town the Border Patrol picks for us where we try to do some interdiction and some crime suppression as they come up,” Police Chief Mark McCrory told the City Council, which unanimously approved accepting the grant.

“We use this money for an overtime grant that costs the city nothing. It’s fully reimbursed back to the city, all the costs associated with it.

“It allows us to put extra bodies out onto patrol areas that are deemed high volume areas for narcotics and illegal immigration coming into our community. It increases our patrol capabilities and the time and the effort that we put out into those areas that really have kind of a high impact on some of the crime problems in our community. We’ve had some success and some seizures of narcotics. 

“We issue citations, we do our traffic enforcement and things out there. We don’t cover things that are unrelated to the idea of what Stonegarden was set up to do.” 



DUI patrols running throughout December

(Posted Dec. 1, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols throughout the month of December as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force.  

The saturation patrols will begin each weekend night and run until the early morning hours.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.  

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande. Sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and police officers from Pinal County are scheduled to attend.  

Please remember that consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


PD statement about officer-involved shooting

(Posted Nov. 19, 2016)


The Police Department issued this statement this afternoon:


On Nov. 18, 2016, at approximately 3:11 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to a 911 call in the 500 block of West 10th Street regarding a subject attempting to harm himself with a knife.

CGPD Officers arrived within minutes and initiated dialogue with the subject, identified as 48-year-old Casa Grande resident Gabriel Parker, who was inside a residence.  

The subject exited the residence, returned inside and then exited again with a machete in his hand. Officers attempted to calm the subject and gave him numerous commands to drop the machete.  

The subject refused to drop the machete, became more agitated and charged towards the officers with the machete.  

Officers ordered the subject to stop and, as he continued to charge towards them, they attempted to resolve this situation with less-lethal force by deploying bean bags and a Taser.  

The less-lethal force was not effective and the subject continued to charge toward the officers with the machete in his hand.  

Officers were then forced to transition to their duty weapons.  

Three officers fired at the subject. The subject fell to the ground and was immediately treated by Casa Grande Fire Department personnel who were already on scene.  

The subject was transported to Banner Casa Grande Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.  

His family and next of kin notification has been made. 

No officers were injured during this incident.  

The three officers who discharged their weapons are identified as Bryan Martinez, Jeremy Ybarra and Efren Lujan.  

Per CGPD policy, these officers have been placed on administrative duties at this time.  

The Casa Grande Police Department is fortunate to have a working relationship with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and their agency has taken over the full investigation of this incident.  

Additionally, the Casa Grande Police Department would like to recognize the efforts of the DPS, Bureau of Land Management, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for assisting in the management of the incident scene.


Police seeking IDs of Walmart theft suspects

(Posted Nov. 16, 2016)


The Police Department issued this:


The Casa Grande Police Depart-ment is requesting your assistance in identifying these two men regarding recent TV thefts from Walmart. 

The vehicle used appears to be a blue Chevy Silverado.

If you have any information regarding their identity or this investigation, contact Detective M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


CGPD opens Christmas Tree Angel program

(Posted Nov. 12, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


Stop by our local Sam's Club to participate in the Casa Grande Police Trust Fund's Christmas Tree Angel program.

The Christmas Tree Angel is a partnership with Sam's Club and each donation will bring a smile to a local child's face. 

You can take an angel, purchase an age appropriate gift and return it to the collection box. 

We thank you and look forward to a great holiday.



(CG NEWS note: Although Sam’s Club is a national company, all gifts go to local children.)

CG police seek credit card fraud suspects

(Posted Nov. 9, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:



Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your help in identifying the two women in these photographs regarding a fraudulent credit card investigation. 

If you know their identity or have information regarding this investigation, contact Detective S. Knauber at 421-8711, ext. 6043.


Man threatens deputy in Colonia del Sol, is shot

(Posted Nov. 7, 2016)


The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office issued this announcement:


On Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9:48 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff's 9-1-1 Communications Center received calls from residents in the Colonia Del Sol Mobile Home Park (5800 block of North Begonia St, unincorporated area of Casa Grande) regarding suspicious activity. 

One of the callers said a male suspect had a flashlight and pole and tried to come into his back door. The homeowner was able to push him out and then saw him walk over to another trailer. 

A second caller reported that the male suspect was carrying a metal pole and flashlight and tried to get into her residence through the front door.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "The first deputy arrived in the area at 10:03 p.m. and began looking for the suspect. The deputy found the suspect at 10:07 p.m. and he was carrying a large wooden stake. The deputy gave the suspect several verbal commands to drop the stake but he refused. The suspect advanced towards the deputy swinging the stake in a threatening matter. The deputy attempted to use his Taser but the less lethal device did not stop the suspect, who continued to advance towards the deputy. 

The deputy, while pointing his duty weapon at the suspect, ordered him to stop and drop the stake. The suspect continued to advance while swinging the stake in a threatening manner. As the suspect got close, the deputy feared for his safety so he fired three rounds from his handgun striking the suspect.

The suspect then dropped his stake and complied with the orders given by the deputy. 

The suspect was given emergency medical treatment at the scene, and then transported by air ambulance to the Maricopa Medical Center where he underwent immediate surgery.

Sheriff Babeu continued, "The suspect is in stable condition following the surgery. Detectives have collected evidence at the scene and spoken to witnesses who have confirmed the account of the events as reported by the deputy. Thankfully the deputy was not injured and the suspect will recover from his injuries."


NOTE: A Casa Grande Dispatch story identifies the man as Robert Sanchez, 31.

That story is HERE


Daniel Diaz is newest Police Department officer 





(Posted Nov. 4, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement:



The Casa Grande Police Department's newest officer is Daniel Diaz, left, shown with Lt. Frank Alanis.


Halloween DUI patrols begin Saturday night

(Posted Oct. 27, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols from Saturday through Tuesday as part of the Pinal County Regional DUI Task Force. 

The saturation patrols will begin each night and run until the early morning hours.

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.    

Please remember that consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions.

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Do you have your special trading cards?

(Posted Oct. 24, 2016)


The Police Department posted this announcement:


We can't believe how popular these trading cards have become, especially among children.

Do you have some? 

Ask your CGPD patrol officers if they have any or come by the Public Safety Facility at 373 E. Val Vista Blvd. and ask for yours.


Update to Barrington's Pub slaying 

Trelayne Hampton, left


(Posted Oct. 16, 2016)


The Police Department issued this update to Barrington's slaying, below:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 26-year-old Casa Grande resident Trelayne Hampton in connection with an early Sunday morning shooting that resulted in the death of 34-year-old Andrew Noriega. 

Police responded to a 12:22 a.m. call of a physical altercation at Barrington’s Pub, 864 E. Jimmie Kerr Blvd.  Police discovered a man with a gunshot wound to the upper torso.  This victim, identified as Noriega, was transported to Casa Grande Banner Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  

Detectives have been in contact with Mr. Noriega’s family.  

During the investigation, a 9mm handgun was recovered and numerous witnesses were and continue to be interviewed.  

Detectives have identified Hampton as the primary suspect in this investigation.  

Hampton was interviewed and is being booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

(CG News note: The Sheriff's Office lists Hampton as being held on $250,000 cash-only bail.)  

CGPD will submit charges of second-degree murder to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

Additionally, Hampton is a prohibited possessor.  

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting to contact Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053.



Barrington's Pub gunfire leaves man, 34, dead

(Posted Oct. 16, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a 34-year-old man at Barrington’s Pub, 864 E. Jimmie Kerr Blvd.  

At 12:22 a.m. today, CGPD received multiple calls regarding a large physical altercation, including gunfire, at Barrington’s Pub.  

Officers responded and found a man with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was transported to Casa Grande Banner Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.  

The victim’s identity will not be released until an official notification has been made to his family.  

Police are currently interviewing a potential suspect, based on information provided by multiple witnesses and evidence collected at the scene. 

This is an ongoing investigation and more details will be released when available.  

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this shooting or the suspect(s) involved to call 421-8700 and request to speak with a detective.  

Citizens are also encouraged to report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text SW911 plus your message to 274637 (Crimes).  Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.

 

Have you downloaded the free smartphone app?






(Posted Sept. 29, 2016)


The Police Department posted this reminder today:


Have you downloaded our FREE smartphone app yet? 

It is available for iOS and Android. 

It's the easiest way to keep up with the Casa Grande Police Department.

Just go to your Google play store on android or your iOS app store, look for Casa Grande Police Department and get it.


Coffee with a Cop on Saturday, Oct. 15

The Police Department issued this announcement today, Oct. 10:


The next Coffee with a Cop is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7-9 a.m. at Dunkin' Donuts, located at 1306 E. Florence Blvd. We will be joining DD for their grand opening.

No agenda or presentation, just an opportunity to meet and greet with some of your local police officers. 

Anti-Crime Night won't be rescheduled

(Posted Sept. 28, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


As most of you know, inclement weather forced Silent Witness to cancel last night's Anti-Crime Night event before it really even started. 

Lightning was the major concern and we are happy that everyone was able to leave safely. 

Many have asked if the event will be rescheduled, but unfortunately due to logistics it will not.

On behalf of Silent Witness and CGPD, we thank those of you who were able to make it at the beginning and we look forward to seeing you all next year and at future events.


Lt. Frank Alanis completes leadership courses

Lt. Frank Alanis, left


(Posted Sept. 23, 2016)


The Police Department posted this announcement:


Join us in congratulating Lt. Frank Alanis for successfully completing The Leadership Trilogy. 

These lengthy courses of instruction include supervisor leadership, command institute and executive leadership and are provided by FBI-LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association). 

Lt. Alanis is the first CGPD officer to achieve this goal.

Gun found in backpack at Cactus Middle School

(Posted Sept. 20, 2016)


The Police Department announced this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department responded to Cactus Middle School today where a 13-year-old seventh  grade student was found in possession of a firearm. 

At 10:48 a.m., officers responded to the school, located at 1220 E. Kortsen Road, in reference to a student in possession of a firearm. Upon arrival, officers were notified by school staff that a  student was found to have a handgun in his backpack.  

The investigation determined the student brought the handgun from home to school on a bus this morning where he showed it to another student. School staff was made aware of this and immediately identified the student and confiscated the backpack, which contained an unloaded handgun and ammunition.  

It was determined the student’s intent was to show the handgun to his friends.  

There is no evidence that would suggest any student or staff member was in imminent danger at any time.  

The student was released to his parents and the Casa Grande Police Department will forward juvenile referral charges of misconduct with a weapon and disruption of an educational institution to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

The Casa Grande Police Department considers this to be a serious incident and is working in coordination with the Casa Grande Elementary School District to complete this investigation.

 

Walmart theft/fraud suspects being sought

(Posted Sept. 15, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is requesting your assistance in identifying the two men in these pictures regarding recent thefts/fraud from our local Walmart. 

Additionally, these are the vehicles we suspect they are using. 

If you have any information regarding their identity or whereabouts, contact Detective M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


Identification sought of Walmart theft suspects

(Posted Sept. 8, 2016)


The Police Department issued this today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is requesting your assistance in identifying the two men in these pictures (taken at different times) regarding recent thefts from our local Walmart. 

If you have any information regarding their identity or whereabouts, contact Detective M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


Suspect in multiple west side burglaries held

(Posted Sept. 2, 2016)



David Wayne Smith, left




The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 24-year-old David Wayne Smith in connection with recent residential burglaries in the Desert Sky Ranch and Sun West communities of Casa Grande.

 CGPD has been investigating a series of residential burglaries on the west side of Casa Grande, committed during various times and locations over the past month.  

Based on evidence gathered at these scenes, detectives were able to identify Smith as the primary suspect in at least three of these crimes.  

This is an ongoing investigation, as detectives are reviewing additional evidence which may link Smith to more residential burglaries in Casa Grande and East Mesa.  

Smith was taken into custody on Aug. 22 and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility. 

CGPD has forwarded charges of burglary  and trafficking of stolen property to the Pinal County Attorney's Office for review.  

Smith remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.


Super 8 robbed at gunpoint early this morning

(Posted Sept. 2, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


Today at 1:37 a.m., the Super 8 Hotel at 2066 E. Florence Blvd. was robbed by an unknown suspect. 

The suspect, who covered his face with some type of black mask, pointed a handgun at the hotel clerk and demanded cash.

He was described only as a male, medium height and build and wearing all black.

Based on witness information, detectives believe the suspect may have left the area in a flat black Ford Mustang (2000-2010 model). 

The car was described as having a loud exhaust and possible damage to the driver side tires and body due to striking a curb when leaving the area. 

No one was injured during the incident.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053.


DUI patrols ramp up for the weekend

(Posted Sept. 1, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department will be participating in DUI saturation patrols from Friday through Monday, Sept. 5.

The patrols will begin each weekend night and run until the early morning hours.

Several officers with specialized training in DUI detection will be assigned to work enforcement details in and around Casa Grande.

Efforts will be directed at detecting and arresting impaired drivers and educating them on the negative effects their choices could leave on the community.   

Please remember consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs that would impair your driving is considered being under the influence.  

We ask our citizens to make good decisions. If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, please use a designated driver or arrange for alternative transportation.


Winston retires from Arizona Army National Guard

(Posted Aug. 22, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


Please join us in congratulating ‪‎CGPD‬'s Capt. Reginald Winston as he retired from the Arizona Army National Guard after serving our country for over 24 years.

Winston, who was a Guard major, has served all over the world and mentored many young soldiers during that time. 

He plans to continue his public service as he is just reaching his 20-year mark with the Casa Grande Police Department. 

19-year sentence in crash that killed woman

(Posted Aug. 4, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department Critical Accident Investigation Team was recently notified of the sentencing of 24-year-old Mauricio Moraga.  

Moraga was the driver of a vehicle involved in the Aug. 31, 2015, fatal collision which resulted in the death of 20-year-old Kimberly Marie Armenta.  

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office notified CGPD that Moraga accepted a plea agreement of 19 years, to be served in the Arizona Department of Corrections for the charges of one count of manslaughter, one count of aggravated assault and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal collision. 

Moraga is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 16.

The Casa Grande Police Department would like to acknowledge the efforts and assistance of the Pinal County Attorney’s Office and our own officers and investigators who conducted this extensive investigation.  


Community policing federal grant sought

(Posted July 28, 2016)


The budget breakdown is HERE



The City Council has approved a request from the Police Department to seek a federal grant of $19,800, to be used for overtime and supplies for various community policing activities.

“This year the department is requesting to utilize $15,879 of the funds for overtime expenses to conduct various community policing activities to assist in the reduction of crime and help build community relationships,” the staff report says. 

“Of this, $3,921 will be used for community policing products and supplies for a variety of initiatives including but not limited to bike patrol, Neighborhood Blockwatch, crime free multi­housing, Police Explorers Program, Coffee with a Cop, school outreach events, crime prevention public education, citywide special events and Public Safety Day. 

“These events/programs have all been utilized to positively interact with citizens throughout our city in an effort to identify crime concerns and cooperatively implement solutions to decrease crime.”


Cops seek IDs in connection with Walmart theft

(Posted July 22, 2016)


The Police Department posted this tonight:


CGPD is requesting your assistance in identifying these two individuals in connection with a recent theft at Walmart. 

If you recognize them, please contact Det. M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.


Can you identify this person?


(Posted July 21, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


CGPD is requesting your assistance in identifying this female in connection with a recent theft at Ulta. 

If you know her identity, please contact Det. M. McCabe at 421-8711, ext. 6038.

Ghost Ranch vehicle burglaries information sought

(Posted July 21, 2016)


The Police Department issued this today:


Recently, our Community Response Team has been investigating leads in vehicle burglary cases in the Ghost Ranch subdivision. 

 you believe your vehicle was broken into or illegally entered, even if nothing was taken, please contact Sgt. D. Engstrom at 421-8711, ext. 6340, and provide him with the details.


A message to the city from chief of police

(Posted July 18, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:



Message from Chief Mark McCrory:


On behalf of the Casa Grande Police Department, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the citizens of Casa Grande for their unwavering support of our officers and our mission to protect and serve this community.

In the wake of the recent tragic events in Dallas, it is important to remember that we must rely on each other and work together to maintain a safe community. Although at times it seems we are just a small city tucked away in the middle of Arizona, we are fortunate to have a wide variety of people, cultures and influences that make up the city of Casa Grande. Our officers and employees are a great representation of that diversity and take pride in their involvement in this community and the services they provide.

Throughout this past week, the outpouring of support such as cards, baked goods, flowers and citizens taking the time to thank our officers has been amazing. It is obvious that our citizens care about and support the Casa Grande Police Department. We want you to know that we care about you as well. We will continue our efforts to improve on our service and the police/community relationships you deserve and have come to expect.


Mark McCrory, Chief of Police


(Printed in a recent letter to the editor of the Dispatch)


Thank you


(Posted July 11, 2016)

A big thank you to little 5-year-old Leilani for making this card and bringing us some cookies today. 
Leilani and her sister, Destiny, and brother, Devin, are just a few of the amazing people that have visited our station over the last few days. 
‪CGPD‬ really appreciates your support!


Suspect in dual May store robberies identified

FARON ALLEN, left



(Posted July 11, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has identified one of the suspects involved in the armed robbery of two convenience stores on May 1 of this year.  

The man, who has not been located, is identified as 44-year-old Faron Allen. 

On May 1, the Circle K at 822 E. Jimmie Kerr and the AM/PM at 2245 E. Florence Blvd. were robbed at gunpoint and an undisclosed amount of cash taken.  

CGPD Detectives continue to investigate this case and, based on evidence and witness information, have determined Faron Allen is the primary suspect. The second suspect, considered to be the driver of the getaway vehicle, has not been identified.  

If you have any information regarding this case or the whereabouts of Allen, contact Detective S. Knauber at 421-8711, ext. 6043.  

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


(Posted July 8, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


Please join us in sending our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the DallasPD and the City of Dallas.

So many of you have stopped by the Public Safety Facility today to express your support and sympathy. We truly do appreciate it and we appreciate you, Casa Grande.


           PHIL ALLEN BARNES

Aggravated domestic violence suspect sought

(Posted July 6, 2016)


The Police Department posted this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department is requesting your assistance in locating 40-year-old Phil Allen Barnes. 

These photos are from year 2015.

Barnes is wanted for arrest on multiple charges of aggravated domestic violence. 

If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call the Casa Grande Police Department immediately and ask to speak to the Patrol supervisor. 

The department’s non-emergency number is 421-8700.


Ocotillo Street shooting update

Tito Tarango Jr., left



(Posted June 29, 2016)


The Police Department issued this update today to the shooting story below:


The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating 37-year-old Tito Tarango Jr.

He is wanted for arrest for felony hindering prosecution charges concerning the shooting of a 35-year-old male victim on June 11.

If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053. 

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text "SW911 plus your message" to 274637 (CRIMES). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Arrest made in June 11 Ocotillo Street shooting

(Post June 28, 2016)


Scroll down page for original story


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 33-year-old John Alderete for his involvement in the June 11  shooting of a 35-year-old man in the 600 block of West Ocotillo Street.  

Alderete was located on June 23 at his place of employment in Chandler and, with the assistance of the Chandler Police Department, arrested and transported to Casa Grande and then was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility.  

Alderete is being held on a $500,000 secured bond.  

The Casa Grande Police Department has forwarded charges of attempted murder to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

Furthermore, the department has identified 37-year-old Globe resident Tito Tarango as a person of interest in the shooting. 

Tarango was arrested by the Phoenix Police Department on June 18 for unrelated charges and has been released from custody since then.  

At the time of that arrest, Tarango was driving the vehicle which was used during the shooting.  

That vehicle has since been recovered by our agency and processed for evidence.  

CGPD has forwarded hindering investigation charges against Tarango to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  

The victim of the shooting remains in critical care in a Phoenix area hospital.  


Roorda graduates from fingerprint academy

Greg Roorda, left



(Posted June 27, 2016)


The Police Department issued this today:


CGPD Identification Technician Greg Roorda has graduated from the National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy.

The academy was 20 weeks of intensive training hosted by Ron Smith and Associates. This was the first session of the training academy. The academy was hosted at the Camp Shelby National Guard Base outside of Hattiesburg, Miss. 

The training consisted of 800 hours of class time instruction. 

Greg studied courses on the science of fingerprints, fingerprint classification, ridgeology, collecting exemplar prints (Live Scan, rolled/inked, etc), ACE-V methodology, AFIS, complex latent print comparison, distortion of latent prints, lab processing techniques, expert witness techniques and completed a mock court room testimony. 

During the 20 week academy, Greg and his classmates completed 500,000 latent comparisons. These comparisons were conducted manually (with a glass magnifier) and via on screen (computer based). 

We are proud to have such well-trained and committed employees serving the City of Casa Grande and look forward to the valuable resource Greg will provide in the future. 


John Hill retires after 22-plus years of service







(Posted June 23, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


Join ‪‎CGPD‬ in congratulating Officer John Hill on his retirement.

John served Casa Grande for over 22 years and this is his last week. 

John served our agency as a school resource officer, a general investigations detective and was one of our most consistent field training officers. 

He will be missed, but we are happy for him as he moves on to enjoy his retirement. 

Thanks for your service, John.







Citizens Police Academy registration opens

(Posted June 21, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:



Registration is now open for the Casa Grande Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

Join us for this six-week week course to learn from the inside how the Casa Grande Police Department operates.

There will be numerous presenters and hands-on classes.

The course runs July 19-Aug. 25.

RSVP at 421-8711, ext. 6140.


REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 13


Shooting suspect identified; police seeking him

John Alderete, left



(Posted June 18, 2015)


The Police Department issued this announcement:


The Casa Grande Police Department is asking for your help in locating 33-year-old John Alderete. 

He is wanted in connection with the shooting that took place on the morning of June 11 in the 600 block of West Ocotillo Street where a 35-year-old male was shot. 

That victim remains in critical condition.

If you have any information regarding this case, or know the whereabouts of John Alderete, contact Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053. 

You can call our non-emergency number at 421-8700 and ask for the Patrol supervisor. You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes). 

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Austin Keck newest Police Department member

(Posted June 16, 2016)


Austin Keck is the newest member of the Casa Grande Police Department.

He is shown here receiving his badge from his father, retired CGPD Cmdr. Mike Keck

“Although we miss Mike, we are proud to have his son join us in our mission to protect Casa Grande,” the announcement said.


Man shot at party, police seeking information

(Posted June 12, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On June 11 at 2 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the 600 block of West Ocotillo Street reference a shooting.  

Upon their arrival, police discovered a social gathering was taking place on the street and a 35-year-old man had been shot.  

The victim was flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he is listed in critical condition at this time.  

Police have no identifying information to describe the suspect(s), but are hoping someone may have knowledge of the incident.    

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Detective M. Duran at 421-8711, ext. 6053.  

You can also report anonymously by calling Silent Witness at 836-2100 or to submit a crime tip by text, simply text “SW911 plus your message” to 274637 (Crimes).  

Silent Witness may pay a cash award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction in this case.


Woman shot while holding baby; man arrested

Monico Alvarez, left


(Posted May 24, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:



On May 23 at 8:25 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of shots fired in the 1500 block of East Alba Drive.  

Upon their arrival, officers located an 18- old-female with injuries sustained from a gunshot.  

The victim was transported to a Phoenix area hospital with non-life threatening injuries to the right side of her arm, face and upper torso. 

She was holding her 6-month-old son at the time of the shooting and he also suffered a non-life threatening injury.  The child was transported to a Phoenix area hospital as well.  

The mother and son were both treated and released soon thereafter.  

A sister of the initial victim was also identified as a victim, as she was standing next to her at the time of the shooting. The sister was not injured.  

The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival, but his description and identity were provided to police.  

At approximately 11 p.m., police made contact with the suspected shooter, identified as 20-year-old Monico Alvarez, and arrested him near the 7/11 convenience store at 1592 North Casa Grande Ave.  

Alvarez was reported as the ex-boyfriend of the sister of the initial victim. 

The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.  

Alvarez was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility and charges of aggravated assault, endangerment and disorderly conduct with a weapon are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.


Arrest made in robberies of two Circle K stores

Chad Kalka, left



(Posted May 24, 2016)




The Police Department issued this announcement today:


The Casa Grande Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Chad Lee Kalka for the armed robberies of the Circle K stores at 1503 E. Florence Blvd. and 822 E. Jimmie Kerr Blvd.  

On May 23 at 7:45 p.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the Circle K on Florence Boulevard regarding a robbery.  

Upon arrival, a store employee reported a Native American male entered the store, approached the counter with merchandise and exposed a handgun from his waistband.  He then fled the store with the merchandise.  

The employee was not injured.  

Officers were provided with a detailed description of the suspect and began searching for him.  

At 3:11 a.m. the next morning, the Police Department responded to a robbery at the Circle K on East Jimmie Kerr Boulevard.  

A store employee stated a male subject entered the store and brandished a handgun. The suspect fled the store with an unknown amount of cash and numerous cartons of cigarettes.  

The employee was not injured.  

Officers immediately established a perimeter in the area and began a search for the suspect.

Officers discovered some of the stolen merchandise on a nearby roadway and continued the search.  

A subject was located in the 1100 block of East Sixth Street and attempted to evade officers.  

Officers engaged in a foot pursuit that ended with the capture of the suspect, who was positively identified as the suspect in both robberies.   

Kalka was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault are being forwarded to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for review.  


Fatal crash on Midway Road investigated

(Posted May 23, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


This morning at 3:46 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to the call of a vehicle collision on Midway Road just south of Highway 84.  

Upon their arrival, officers discovered a dairy tractor-trailer overturned in the roadway.  

Fire Department personnel arrived and determined the sole occupant driver, a male subject, was deceased.  

The CGPD Critical Accident Investigations Team responded and conducted the investigation.  

At this time, evidence collected at the scene of the collision leads investigators to determine the driver of the semi was heading north on Midway Road when he left the roadway, causing his cab to overturn.  The cab landed on its roof and pinned the driver inside.  

There were no other vehicles involved in this incident and no witnesses have been reported.  

The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Queen Creek resident Donald Lyle Ryan.  

The cause of the collision remains under investigation until the results of a medical exam return. 


Seat belt use campaign runs through June 5

(Posted May 23, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Casa Grande Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

The enforcement mobilization will run from May 23-June 5.  

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona … It’s the Law!  

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state.  

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.

Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  




(Posted May 11, 2016)


The Police Department posted this announcement today:


Did you know Casa Grande PD has an app?

You can send in tips, catalog your personal property, view crime maps and safety tips, see CGPD's Most Wanted, access social media, useful links and media releases and view CGPD phone and email directories. 

This is a one stop shop for you as citizens and it's free.

 Just go to your Google play store on android or your iOS app store, look for Casa Grande Police Department and get it.

Armed robber hits AM/PM, a Circle K store

(Posted May 1, 2016)


The Police Department posted this today:


CGPD is requesting assistance in identifying a robbery suspect and vehicle photographed.

Today at approximately 3 p.m., the subject in this photo robbed both the Circle K at 822 Jimmie Kerr Blvd. and the AM/PM at 2245 E. Florence Blvd. by brandishing a firearm and demanding money from the clerk. 

The suspect left both scenes in the photographed gray or silver Hyundai Elantra driven by an unidentified second suspect. 

No one was injured in either robbery and, in both cases, an undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

If you have information regarding these robberies or know the identity of this suspect/suspect vehicle, please call CGPD immediately at 421-8700 or Detective S. Knauber at 421-8711 ext. 6043. 


Prescription drugs scare at CG Middle School

(Posted April 12, 2016)


The Police Department issued this announcement today:


On April 12, at approximately 9:30 a.m., the Casa Grande Police Department responded to Casa Grande Middle School, 300 West McMurray Boulevard, regarding the possible theft of prescription medication by a 13-year-old female student. 

The reporting party, a family member of the girl, stated she was missing an unknown quantity of morphine and Oxycodone pills.  

During the initial investigation, police and school staff determined several students at CGMS were displaying symptoms consistent with side effects of taking these types of medications.  

At this time, police believe a total of six students ranging in ages of 13-14, including the one who is suspected of bringing the pills to school, are displaying these symptoms.  

Another student has been identified in having pills in his possession, but is not displaying any symptoms at this time.  

This is an ongoing investigation and police are working closely with school staff, medical professionals and parents of these children to determine more information.  

There are no children reported to CGPD with life threatening conditions. 

The Casa Grande Elementary School District is formulating an E-Alert at this time and will send it to all parents as soon as possible with additional information, to include contact information if you have questions.













The message sent to parents from the school.