A man on the Arizona Registrar of Contractors Most Wanted List was arrested after allegedly failing to return a business vehicle to his partner.
Between February and Saturday, Mr. Covarrubias reportedly failed to return a white GMC Sonoma pickup truck belong to the victim.
The victim called Phoenix police Saturday to report business transactions that he had entered into with Mr. Covarrubias.
They had talked about opening a pool cleaning business together, with the victim as the owner and Mr. Covarrubias performing the work.The victim purchased the truck for Mr. Covarrubias to use for business purposes. The two opened a joint business account.
After a period of time, the victim noticed money was being taken out of the account but work for the business was not being performed.
About two months ago, the victim began asking Mr. Covarrubias in a series of call and texts to return the truck, but the latter refused.
Finally, the victim told Mr. Covarrubias he was going to report the vehicle as stolen Friday.
On Monday, police watched as Mr. Covarrubias left his residence near 51st and Glendale avenues and entered the truck. He then drove to a store near 51st and Northern avenues. Police arrested him shortly without incident on his outstanding warrants, which include charges filed by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for theft, taking the identity of another, and contracting without a license.
Mr. Covarrubias told Phoenix police he and the victim did go into business together. He claimed he tried to set up a time to return the truck to his partner but it never happened.
Mr. Covarrubias was booked into jail on an unlawful means of transportation charge as well as for his outstanding warrants.
He is suspected of taking $2,000 from a senior couple in Buckeye for a landscaping project that never started, the ROC reported in February. He also has several failure to appear charges stemming from ROC investigations.
Mr. Covarrubias has had 15 unlicensed complaints against him. He is known to have operated under the business names of Abrasive Pool Industries; Agua Azul Pool Service; Covarrs Pools LLC; Aqua Marina Pools LLC; Aqua Marina Pools & Landscaping LLC; and AZ Finest Pools.
In a release, the ROC said Mr. Covarrubias was wanted on three failure to appear warrants after he failed to appear in the San Marcos Justice Court Oct. 3, 2017 for a restitution hearing and in the North Valley Justice Court and the Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court in March 2018 on orders to show cause.
All three cases stemmed from ROC investigations.
An Initial Appearance for the 2018 case and the three prior cases was Monday. Arraignment hearings for the three prior cases are scheduled Wednesday. A status conference for the 2018 case is scheduled May 20.
Mr. Covarrubias has reportedly took a combined $90,645 from homeowners in Buckeye, Cave Creek, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Waddell. In exchange for the contracts and money for landscaping, pool repairs and pool builds the homeowners received little or no work.