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Walmart theft suspect arrested outside San Tan Valley store

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(Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A man arrested outside a San Tan Valley Walmart is suspected to be in connection with at least 14 Walmart thefts, according to an asset protection agent.

The agent said Michael Lopez, 41, appeared to be leaving the store with $743.56 worth of items in a shopping cart on April 25.

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived on scene and Lopez reportedly pushed the cart toward the police vehicle and walked away. The deputy chased him on foot and arrested him.

The asset protection agent said she saw Lopez pull into the store in the same white pickup truck allegedly used for previous thefts from the store, including a theft from April 22 when $554.78 in merchandise was allegedly stolen, according to a news release.

Authorities seized the truck and booked Lopez into the Pinal County Jail in Florence on April 25 on charges of burglary and organized retail theft. Additional charges of burglary, shoplifting and trespassing have been filed with the Pinal County Attorney's Office for the April 22 incident, sheriff's officials confirmed.

"Michael Lopez has already served prison time for shoplifting and theft," Sheriff Paul Babeu stated. "After this arrest, he will be headed back to prison to serve even more time. Walmart staff and our deputies worked together to end his crime spree and put him back behind bars."

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