Witnesses help police catch man who tried to steal car

Adam Curtis Police Press Releases, Public Affairs Press Releases

The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a local man on several charges including armed robbery after witnesses interrupted his attempt to steal a car and then provided information that enabled police officers to locate and identify the man.

Ronald Tercero

SPVD police officers responded to the Safeway parking lot, located at 2190 E. Fry Blvd., at about 7:15 a.m. on Friday, July 10, for a report of a subject trying to steal a car. Witnesses provided a detailed description of 37-year-old Sierra Vista resident Ronald Tercero, who was seen pulling a victim out of the victim’s vehicle. Tercero then got in the vehicle and attempted to back out of the parking space.

One witness heard the victim call out for help and ran over to the vehicle. The witness pulled Tercero out of the vehicle. Tercero then claimed the vehicle was his. The witness asked for identification and proof of ownership of the vehicle. Tercero then walked away from the scene.

Multiple witnesses provided officers detailed information on Tercero’s clothing and direction of travel away from the parking lot. Thanks to this information, SVPD officers located Tercero on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near The Cove. Witnesses were brought to Tercero’s location and positively identified him as the suspect.

“We would like to thank all the witnesses for their help in catching Tercero. We’re fortunate to live in a community with so many residents ready to protect and care for others when needed,” SVPD Public Information Officer Cpl. Scott Borgstadt says.

Tercero was arrested and booked into Cochise County Jail on charges of armed robbery, robbery, assault, vehicle theft, and resisting arrest. He is being held on a $15,000 bond.