Tempe Police: Man steals credit card, follows woman the next day

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Monday:

  • A 36-year-old Tempe man was arrested March 25 on the 3000 block of South Elm Street on suspicion of unlawful entry and credit card theft, according to a police report.

    A woman left her purse in the passenger seat of her unlocked vehicle on the 1000 block of West Elliot Road as she walked her daughter the rest of the way to school, police reported.



    At approximately 8 a.m., the man parked his vehicle next to the woman's and removed her purse, police said.

    A bicycle-riding witness yelled at the man after the witness saw him put the purse under his shirt and run back to his car, the report said.

    The man gave the witness the middle finger and drove off, and the witness was able to see the first two characters of the man’s license plate and describe him to police, according to the report.

    The next day, the woman believed the man followed her as she left her daughter’s school and took a picture of the license plate, the report said.

    Police followed the transactions of the woman’s credit card, which she reported stolen the day before, police said.

    The witness confirmed the identity of the man by looking at video surveillance from a QuikTrip gas station where the man used the credit card, police reported.

    The man was transported to the Tempe City Jail, where he was booked, according to the report.

  • A 46-year-old Tempe man was arrested March 30 on the 6000 block of South Jentilly Lane on suspicion of an aggravated DUI, a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more and three misdemeanor charges of extreme DUIs for having a BAC exceeding 0.15 and 0.20, according to a police report.

    The arresting officer sat in his vehicle as he witnessed the man drive approximately 30 mph with no attempt to stop or slow down through the intersection of East Vaughn Street and South Jentilly Lane, police said.

    Police turned on the patrol car lights and pulled the man over onto a residential driveway, the report said.

    The man argued when police asked him to step out of his truck and had to be led out by an officer, police reported.

    The bloodshot, watery-eyed man had trouble standing and walking and began to urinate on himself, police described.

    When police were transporting him to Tempe City Jail, the man had labored breathing, so police brought him to St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe instead, the report said.

    The man refused treatment and a voluntary blood draw at the hospital and was transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked, according to the report.


Reports complied by Chelsey Ballarte.

Contact the reporter at chelsey.ballarte@asu.edu or follow her on Twitter @chelsey.ballarte.

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