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Suspect steals car, wallet and buys expensive cell phone

TUCSON – Pima County Sheriff’s Department needs public assistance in finding a man who stole a car with a wallet inside and then used the victim’s credit card to buy a $900 Samsung Galaxy cell phone.

Detectives said it happened on Nov. 28 on the county’s northwest side.

Deputy James Allerton who works in the public information department said the black Jetta was stolen from the parking lot at the YMCA on Shannon Road.  He added the victim was working out in the gym when his vehicle was taken.

Allerton said the suspect broke into the locked vehicle and managed to defeat the ignition system. He then drove to a nearby Walmart that was just 1.5 miles away from the facility.

Walmart surveillance cameras caught the suspect driving the black Jetta, as well as using the victim’s credit card to buy the phone.

Allerton said the victim was lucky in this case. Tucson Police Department later found his vehicle and returned it to him.

However, they are reminding folks to lock the doors, keep valuables out of plain view, and to not leave wallets and purses unaccompanied in their vehicles.

If you have information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo

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