Marshals' 'Grinch Stopper' sweep nets 205 fugitive arrests

Marshals' 'Grinch Stopper' sweep nets 205 fugitive arrests

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A law enforcement sweep targeting felony offenders across the state has wrapped up with more than 200 fugitive arrests in just three days.

Operation Grinch Stopper was spearheaded by the U.S. Marshals Service in Arizona, along with 38 partnering state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Their objective is identifying, tracking down and arresting subjects wanted for outstanding warrants for property crimes including robbery, burglary, theft, larceny and drugs.

From Dec. 8 through 10, Grinch Stopper resulted in 205 fugitive arrests statewide, including 33 in Tucson.

"Experience has shown that property and drug crimes go hand-in-hand and fugitives will take advantage of the busy shopping season to prey upon our communities," said David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona. "Our goal in the arrest of fugitives was to reduce the number of 'Grinches' whose aim is to steal Christmas."

Since its creation in 2012, Grinch Stopper enforcements have resulted in 701 arrests and 918 warrants cleared.

"The Oro Valley Police Department is proud to work with the U.S. Marshals Service every year on Operation Grinch Stopper," Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp said. "Regional cooperation with these federal agencies can truly create safer communities."

Among the local agencies taking part in the three-day operation were Tucson Police Department, Marana Police Department, Oro Valley Police Department, Pima County Adult Probation and Pima County Sheriff's Department.

Arizona Department of Public Safety, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as Immigration Customs Enforcement participated in Grinch Stopper as well.

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