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Tempe Police reported the following incidents Thursday:


  • A 38-year-old Mesa man was arrested Tuesday on the 1700 block of Apache Boulevard on suspicion of theft from the gas station he worked at, according to a police report.The man had been falsifying lottery payouts and then keeping the cash for a five-month period, according to the police report.

    The man said he did this several times a week averaging $100 per transaction, police reported. This resulted in a loss of more than $8,800 for the gas station owner, police reported.

    After admitting to the thefts the man told police he committed them because of recent financial difficulties, according to the report.

    He said he had planned to confess and offer to pay back the money he had stolen, but had not yet done so at the time of his arrest, police reported.

    The man was booked at Tempe City Jail and released pending issuance of a complaint by the Maricopa County Attorney, according to the report.

  • A 29-year-old Mesa man was arrested Tuesday at the 900 block of South Marina Street on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence, according to a police report.Police stopped the man after he left the scene of an accident after hitting a parked car on Marina Street, according to the report.

    The man did not attempt to contact the owner of the vehicle that was unattended at the time of the accident, police reported.

    An officer reported the man had poor balance, bloodshot eyes and a distinct odor of alcohol coming from his person, police reported.

    The man refused further testing after being arrested and a search warrant was obtained so the police could draw blood from the suspect, according to the report.

    A driver history check revealed the man’s license had been suspended and he required an ignition interlock device to drive, police reported.

    The man’s criminal history showed he had previously been arrested for DUI and aggravated DUI, according to the report.

Reports complied by Ryan McCullough. Reach the reporter at


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