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Marana police looking for serial shoplifter

TUCSON – Marana police said they are looking for 46 year- old Alfredo Leon.  They arrested him in November on six counts of organized retail theft.  On Wednesday Marana police detective Mike Torres said he got a call from Home Depot that Leon was at it again.

Torres told News 4 Tucson, the suspect steals $1,000 generators and resells them.  Surveillance video showed him walking out with the merchandise in a shopping cart.  Home Depot had been keeping an eye on him since April.  Detective Torres said he was seen on surveillance cameras hitting multiple Home Depots almost every month after that.  Oro Valley Police arrested him last month.  Detective Torres was called in and questioned Leon.  The detective said Leon first denied he had stolen the items, Torres told him they had him on camera plus he was wearing the same shirt in most of the thefts.  Officers also found 9.6 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle he was in.

He was taken to the Pima County Jail and charged with drug possession along with organized retail theft.

Torres said the suspected thief apparently failed to show up to his court dates and a judge issued a $10,000 felony warrant for his arrest.

According the Arizona Department of Corrections website, Leon spent six years in prison on shoplifting, theft, and drug possession.  He was released in 2015.

Detective Torres said ultimately it’s the legitimate consumer that ends up footing the bill.  He added the stores have to offset their costs and that means raising prices.

If you know Alfredo Leon’s whereabouts call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).

 

 

Caitlin Alexander

Caitlin Alexander

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