Frank Pratt's Stolen Vehicle Not "State-Issued;" Casa Grande Lawmaker Recovering After Beating, Theft of Vehicle and Rolex

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Frank Pratt's expected to be released from the hospital today following a Christmas Day attack and beating of the state lawmaker in his Casa Grande business.

One of the weirdest details in news coverage of the weekend beating of State Legislator Frank Pratt, a Republican from Casa Grande, was that his stolen SUV was "state issued."

Several media outlets reported that detail, including the Arizona Republic, which stated:

She noticed that his car, a state-issued gold 2007 GMC Yukon with Arizona plate 815-KYJ, was gone. At first, she thought he wasn't there.

The idea of lawmakers being issued vehicles prompted some angry comments, including this one from a Huffington Post reader:

What's with the state-issu­ed Yukon? My state is in bad enough shape and we're providing giant gas-guzzli­ng public vehicles for private use on the holidays?

In fact, Pratt's Yukon was not "state-issued," Paul Boyer, a spokesman for the Republican majority at the House of Representatives, tells New Times this morning.

"I spoke with the Speaker's office -- they told me they didn't issue him one," Boyer says.

Boyer says only one member of the Legislature occasionally uses a state-issued vehicle -- though he couldn't recall which one. Sounds like a future blog post...

Don Daniel, a deputy chief with the Casa Grande police department, confirms Boyer's info, adding that he's not sure how the rumor got started.

Daniel also tells us that Pratt's expected to be released from the hospital today.

Here's the complete news release on the incident from Casa Grande police, via the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:

On 12/25/10 at about 2015 hours, Frank Pratt was found by his wife at his business, Pratt Pools, in the 100 block of W. Cottonwood Lane, Casa Grande. Mr. Pratt had gone to the business about 1600 hours earlier in the day to check on it when he was confronted by a subject already inside the building who severely beat him, knocked him unconscious, and left him bound inside the building.

That subject stole Mr. Pratt's vehicle and left the area. There is no further description of this subject.

Mr. Pratt was treated by Casa Grande Fire and was flown to a Phoenix area hospital where he is in stable condition with multiple bruises/contusions and at least one fracture.

Mr. Pratt is the elected Representative in District 23 of the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Casa Grande Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating Mr. Pratt's vehicle, a gold 2007 GMC Yukon with Az plate 815-KYJ. If the vehicle is found, please call 911 and report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.

Anyone having further information about this crime is asked to contact the Casa Grande Police Department.

The PD's number is (520) 421-8700.

UPDATE: Police released this photograph of a Rolex Submariner watch similar to the one stolen from Pratt:

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Image: Casa Grande Police Department
Police say a Rolex Submariner watch similar to the one above was stolen from lawmaker Frank Pratt during the Christmas Day attack

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Because of the glaring omission in every article I have read on this topic I am forced to assume that the assailant was hispanic (probably an illegal too). If he was white that would have definitely been printed in the article. The mainstream media has standing orders not to "make illegals look bad" in these kind of stories.


How can anyone be so unhappy that they can make a comment about someone deserving to be beat up? Incredible!


Frank and Janice are hardworking, good people and don't need to be dogged by the widely reported yet incorrect statement that his Yukon is a state-issued vehicle. Thanks, New Times, for clearing it up. Do your articles get picked up by the wire services?


Need to kick all republicans asses. Just like this


Hey Max! That was the same exact thoughts I had. Living in Casa Grande now for 4.5 years, we see the rapid increase of illegal Mexican's invading our country. It is truly sickening that our federal government will not do anything about it. That SUV is now in Mexico and will be packed with drugs and on it's way back.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Cher, you need to consider the source and ignore it.

The sequence of events in this incident seems very odd to me. I am curious to see what happens when the investigation is completed, the vehicle is recovered (maybe) and the suspect(s) arrested.

I will expect that the investigating agency will find out the details...

Ray Stern
Ray Stern

It won't go out on the wire services. But it's showing up in Google News, so anyone searching for info about Frank Pratt may run across it. Please feel free to Tweet or Facebook this article! And thanks for reading.

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