Deputies bust four after finding vehicle with stolen alcohol
CREATED Dec. 29, 2012
Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Deputies arrested four people after they were caught with a large amount of stolen alcoholic beverages.
Deputies responded to a Safeway grocery store in the 4700 block of east Sunrise Road at around 9:00 p.m. Friday after a report of larceny, according to Deputy Monica Torralba with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The caller who reported the theft said that several people filled up a grocery cart with a variety of alcoholic beverages and left the store without paying for the items, Torralba said.
Torralba tells KGUN9 that security identified the people as individuals who were involved in a separate incident that occurred at a different Safeway grocery store just days prior.
It was reported that one of the individuals used a weapon during that incident, according to Torralba.
Shortly after deputies responded to the 9-1-1 call Friday night, deputies discovered the vehicle used in the theft approximately two blocks from the incident location. The deputies conducted a high-risk stop and detained four people, including 27-year-old Mathew Edward Mullins, 29-year-old Christopher Michael Comiskey, 38-year-old James Gregory Yohe and 35-year-old Tamra May Fought.
During the stop deputies recovered the stolen items from the vehicle, Torralba said.
Detectives then responded to the scene to conduct an investigation and learned that the individuals were shoplifting the items for resale, according to Torralba.
All four individuals were arrested and charged with trafficking in stolen property, organized retail theft, shoplifting and outstanding warrants. Mathew Mullin was identified as the person using a weapon during the earlier theft. He was further charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Torralba.