EL CENTRO – In May of 2013, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office increased patrols in the area of Keystone and McConnell roads due to recent agricultural thefts in the area.
As a result, patrol deputies obtained critical evidence and information which led Sheriff’s Investigators to identify 33 year old Marco Andres Gutierrez-Perez from Mexicali, Mexico as the suspect in five thefts.
The victims were identified as local harvesting companies and the property loss has been estimated at $6,000 dollars. The stolen property was mainly tractor batteries and starters.
Investigators submitted the case to the Imperial County District Attorneyâ€™s Office and obtained an arrest warrant.
Investigators later determined that Marco Gutierrez-Perez was currently working in the San Luis Arizona area.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Imperial County Sheriff’s Investigators located Gutierrez-Perez at the San Luis Arizona Port of Entry with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection Officers.
Gutierrez-Perez is being held at the Yuma County Sheriff’s Jail on $25,000 dollar bail and is awaiting extradition to Imperial County.