Suspect Charged with Stealing $90,000 in Phones

An Arizona Department of Public Service (DPS) task force targeting professional criminals arrested a man in Phoenix earlier this month on nearly 40 felony counts.

Troopers first started looking into 28-year-old Lewis Martinez when an Arizona ID card was found inside a vehicle during a traffic stop in early May. He was subsequently connected to vehicle burglaries and store thefts, primarily of electronics. DPS says Martinez stole an estimated $90,000 worth of Apple and Samsung phones from Walmart stores and made plans to sell them overseas.

Martinez was located July 9 near 19th Avenue and Bethany Home Road and apprehended a short time later, DPS said in a news release. Col. Frank Milstead said in a statement friends and relatives helped Martinez evade his initial apprehension. Martinez was booked into the… ABC15 News

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