Chandler police arrest man in $45,000 Walmart theft case - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Chandler police arrest man in $45,000 Walmart theft case

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Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 2:27 pm

A Phoenix man was arrested Wednesday by detectives from the Chandler Police Property Crimes Unit on suspicion of multiple counts of burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

Jason Dee Draper, 34, is accused of stealing large quantities of high-dollar merchandise from Walmart stores throughout Maricopa County, and he is also under investigation for similar burglaries throughout Arizona, according a news release from Chandler police.

In Maricopa County, detectives believe Draper stole $45,000 worth of merchandise and caused $8,000 in damages to Walmart stores, police said. After stealing the items, Draper would either pawn or sell the merchandise on Craigslist, according to the release, and investigators believe he committed the crimes to support a methamphetamine habit.

Draper is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on seven counts of third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, nine counts of second-degree trafficking in stolen property, and 15 counts of organized retail theft and second-degree criminal trespassing.

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