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PCSO Arrests Habitual Thief at San Tan Valley Wal-Mart
 
Posted: 5/12/2014 12:00 AM
 
On Friday, April 25th, 2014 Michael Lopez (age 41 from Superior) was arrested for six counts of Burglary and six counts of Organized Retail Theft after stealing from the San Tan Valley Wal-Mart.

At 8:32 a.m., an Asset Protection Agent with Wal-Mart reported she witnessed Michael drive into the parking lot in a white pickup truck and park in row 11. She noticed the vehicle to be the same white pickup truck he has previously used to commit numerous thefts from Wal-Mart, with the latest being on April 22nd (where $554.78 dollars of merchandise was stolen and never recovered).

After entering the store, Michael, who is known to her from several previous thefts, was observed filling a shopping cart with $743.56 dollars worth of various merchandise and appeared to be getting ready to flee the store without paying.

When a PCSO deputy arrived, he observed Michael pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise through the parking lot. Michael noticed the deputy arriving and pushed the cart towards his patrol vehicle and began to briskly walk away. Michael was chased on foot and taken into custody without incident. After interviewing Michael, he admitted to all allegations and previous thefts from the surrounding area Wal-Mart’s.

The Walmart Asset Protection Agent reported Michael has fourteen previous thefts from local area Wal-Mart’s, to include in the cities of Mesa and Apache Junction.

The truck Michael used to commit these crimes has been seized.

Michael was booked into the Pinal County Jail in Florence for six counts of Burglary and six counts of Organized Retail Theft. Further charges of Burglary, Shoplifting (felony), Shoplifting (misdemeanor), and Trespassing have been filed with the Pinal County Attorney’s Office for the incident occurring on April 22nd.

Michael has been incarcerated in the Arizona Department of Corrections for previous Thefts and Shopliftings out of Pinal, Gila and Maricopa Counties.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Michael Lopez has already served prison time for shoplifting and theft. After this arrest, he will be headed back to prison to serve even more time. Wal-Mart staff and our deputies worked together to end his crime spree and put him back behind bars.”
Public Information Officer

Jim Knupp
520.483.4502
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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