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Operation Grinch Stopper: Locking up thieves before they spoil your holiday cheer

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Operation Grinch Stopper: Locking up thieves before they spoil your holiday cheer

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Dec 20, 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a three-day roundup of suspects in robbery, theft and burglary case netted 151 arrests in several urban areas of Arizona.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, 27 agencies participated in the roundup called "Operation Grinch Stopper 2."

The arrests this week included 112 in Maricopa and Pinal counties. The others were made in the Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff areas.

U.S. Marshal David Gonzales says the operation is a response to the November 2012 wounding of a Tucson police sergeant who was shot while responding to a burglary alarm.

Gonzales says the operation should help reassure law-abiding citizens that there are fewer thieves, robbers and burglars on the loose during the holiday season.

9 On Your Side's Justin Schecker and photographer Alfonso Sahagun rode along with the local task force in Tucson.