Mesa police use K-9 units, helicopter to arrest suspect in ice cream theft - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Mesa police use K-9 units, helicopter to arrest suspect in ice cream theft

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:34 pm

Mesa police arrested a man they say broke into the Big Bowl Chinese Restaurant on Wednesday and stole a container of ice cream.

Police arrested Anthony James Lee Richards on suspicion of robbery and trespassing at an apartment complex about 11 p.m. in the 1900 block of East Broadway Road after officers were assisted by K-9 units and a helicopter unit to locate him. Police were able to recover the ice cream from the ground of the apartment complex before it melted in the Arizona heat.

Police received a call from a witness who said they saw a man break into the restaurant through a glass back door. After police arrived, an officer saw Richards exiting the business and run along Broadway Road with what was believed to be the container of ice cream in his hand.

After officers established a perimeter around the neighborhood and followed up on leads of other robberies at Chinese restaurants in the area -- but unrelated to the one at the Big Bowl Chinese Restaurant -- they were able to locate Richards in the bedroom of an apartment he did not reside in, pretending to be asleep, according to police.

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