A Phoenix man was arrested Saturday in Camp Verde when police discovered the moving van he was driving contained drugs and hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property.
According to Department of Public Safety officer Brian Bullard, the 30-foot Budget rental truck contained two assembled and two unassembled motorcycles, 20 guns including rifles, handguns, shotguns and assault weapons, electronic equipment, a pound of marijuana and small quantities of LSD, mushrooms and methamphetamine.
Phoenix police, who were in town this week taking an inventory of the vans’ content, have already linked some of the stolen property to more than 40 Phoenix burglaries dating back to 1999, Bullard said.
The driver of the van, Richard Joseph Rogiers, 30 is being held in the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on $75,000 bond. He is accused of theft, weapons misconduct, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and false reporting to law enforcement, court documents state.
Bullard said he spotted the van around noon parked on the shoulder of I-17 just north of Lake Montezuma. When he approached the vehicle to see if the driver needed help, he said he smelled marijuana burning. The drugs and stolen property were discovered during a subsequent search of the van.
According to court documents, several of the guns found in the van were defaced and Rogiers reportedly gave Bullard a fake name and Social Security number after failing to produce a driver’s license.
Rogier’s girlfriend, Honey Marie Macleod, 23, Phoenix, a passenger in the van, was cited and released for misdemeanor drug possession. Police say she is not linked to the theft of the stolen property.
DPS Sgt. Dick Murie said the Rogiers told police he was heading to Flagstaff. A background check on the van revealed that it was to be dropped off at a Pennsylvania Budget rental car office.
A grand jury is expected to hand down an indictment against Rogiers within 10 days.