Tempe Police: Woman steals shirt, exchanges for giftcard

Tempe Police reported the following incidents Thursday:

A 34-year-old Tempe woman was arrested Aug. 24 in the 5000 block of South Mills Circle on suspicion of shoplifting and fraudulent schemes, according to a police report.

A woman entered a store and removed a shirt from the rack, police reported.

She proceeded to the counter to tell the worker that she had bought this shirt previously and would like to exchange it for a giftcard, according to the report.

The worker exchanged the shirt for a new giftcard and the woman left without paying, police reported. She was contacted by loss prevention employees, according to the report.

The woman was transported to Tempe City Jail, where she was booked and held to see a judge, police reported.

A 44-year-old Tempe man was arrested on the 2300 block of West Baseline Road on suspicion of shoplifting, taking contraband into a correctional facility, prescription drug possession, dangerous drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession, according to a police report.

A man at Fry’s Electronics placed two cell phone battery packs in his pocket, and when he attempted to leave the store, he was contacted by employees, police reported.

Police searched him prior to transporting him to Tempe City Jail, and officers found a pill in his pocket, according to the report.

The man then told police he had no other drugs on his person, police reported.

Later when the man was strip searched, officers found a 1 in. by 1 in. piece of foil filled with meth under his scrotum, according to the report.

Police also found hypodermic needles in his right shoe, police reported.

The man was booked and held to see a judge, according to the report.

Reports compiled by Shelby Slade.

Reach the reporter at sgslade@asu.edu or follow her on Twitter @shelbygslade

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