Police: Surprise man accused of selling stolen wood chipper worth $25K

Posted at 1:55 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 21:05:34-04

A Surprise man is accused of attempting to sell a stolen wood chipper worth about $35,000.

El Mirage Police report that on Sept. 30 they received a report of a stolen wood chipper.

About a week later, the victim was contacted by Vermeer Sales of Arizona saying they may have found his stolen wood chipper. A man in California, who buys used equipment like this, came across an advertisement for a Vermeer wood chipper selling for $7,000.

Police say the man was suspicious due to the low price and contacted the company to see if one was reported stolen.

Police were given the phone number of the person selling the chipper. The phone number came back to 44-year-old Evaristo Albert Camacho of Surprise.

Police served a warrant at his home near Greenway and Dysart roads and found the wood chipper in the backyard, court paperwork said. 

Camacho ran from the house and was caught by police. Camacho reportedly denied knowing the machine was stolen, saying he was selling for someone else.

Camacho has been charged with theft and trafficking in stolen property.