TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Police took down an alleged thief after a fight with an officer in a pet store on the east side of Tucson.
Tucson Police Department Sergeant Vinnie Da Cruz said they got a call from Petco at Broadway and Craycroft around 2:40 p.m. Sunday, April 8, that there was a man inside who was allegedly involved in organized retail theft.
Petco staff had identified the man from previous incidents, Sgt. Da Cruz said. He explained that organized retail theft involved groups of people or individuals stealing items and then attempting to return them for cash.
An officer showed up to the store Sunday to intercept the male suspect inside and question him, unbeknownst to the suspect, Sgt. Da Cruz said.
The man allegedly tried to run from the officer inside the store and the officer chased him, eventually taking him down in the front doorway where the suspect started resisting arrest and fighting with the officer. Sgt. Da Cruz said more officers showed up to take the man into custody and no injuries were reported, either to the officer or suspect.
The man is facing several charges from other unrelated warrants, but Sgt. Da Cruz did not explain what they were, specifically.
Officers continued their investigation around 3:40 p.m. when our Tucson News Now staff was there, but did not release the name of the suspect in custody.