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San Tan Valley shoplifting suspects struggle with deputies

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Lynasie Connally (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's office) Lynasie Connally (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's office)
Miguel Nino (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Miguel Nino (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

Three suspects accused of shoplifting at a San Tan Valley Walmart are in custody after one of them fled in handcuffs and two others led authorities on a 45-minute chase through residential neighborhoods and farm fields.   

An employee at the Walmart at 1725 West Hunt Highway called 911 and said three known suspects who have trespassed in the past from Walmart were back in the store, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said.

The employee said the suspects filled a plastic bin with merchandise and ran out of the store, according to PCSO.  

A PCSO motor deputy arrived in the parking lot saw Miguel Nino, 22, of San Tan Valley, run toward a getaway vehicle, sheriff's investigators said.

The deputy parked his motorcycle in front of the vehicle and observed two passengers, a 16-year-old boy and Lynasie Connally, 19, both of San Tan Valley.

The plastic bin was located in the back seat of the vehicle which allegedly contained the stolen items.

The deputy put the 16-year-old in handcuffs. Nino, meantime, climbed into the driver's seat and ignored orders to get out.

As the deputy was dealing with Nino, the handcuffed boy ran through the parking lot.

Nino sped away and nearly ran over the motor deputy who was still standing by the driver's door, PCSO said.

Other PCSO patrol deputies pulled into the parking lot and gave chase.

The pursuit lasted for more than 45 minutes. As the suspect vehicle entered farm fields in the area of Sierra Vista and Bella Vista roads, Nino and Connally ditched the car and ran.

Back at Walmart, a citizen helped authorities locate the boy, who was detained. He later admitted he had helped Nino and Connally steal the items from the store.

Sheriff's investigators said the boy also had a pair of goggles in his pocket that he had allegedly stolen from the store.

The boy told the deputy Nino was probably armed with a handgun. The 16-year-old was later booked into jail on charges of shoplifting, escape and trespassing.

Inside of the vehicle, deputies recovered $334 worth of stolen merchandise, several rounds of ammunition and a methamphetamine pipe.

A PCSO police dog was called to the scene in the country and began tracking the route the two suspects had run.

After another 45 minutes, Nino and Connally were found hiding in some thick brush.

Nino admitted to using cocaine and methamphetamines prior to the vehicle pursuit, deputies said. While Connally was being taken into custody, she attempted to kick a PCSO deputy, sheriff's investigators said. 

Nino was booked into the Pinal County Jail on charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest, unlawful flight, reckless driving, aggravated DUI, shoplifting and possession of stolen property. 

Connally was booked into the Pinal County Jail on charges of shoplifting and aggravated assault.

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