Phoenix PD: Man Stole Three AR-15 Rifles From Walmart

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William Wootton


Phoenix police say a man was able to steal three AR-15 rifles from a Walmart store by placing them in a cart and wheeling them out of the store.

Daniel Justin Miranda, 46, was arrested yesterday afternoon for stealing the rifles, in part because officers saw him sell one of the rifles in a parking lot adjacent to the Walmart store, according to police.

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Miranda's accused of stealing the rifles from the sporting goods department of the Walmart store near 19th Avenue and Bell Road around 4 a.m. on Friday.

Police didn't go into great detail of how he managed to obtain the rifles, which presumably were secured to some degree, but say he placed the rifles in a cart, covered the cart with cardboard, and went out the entrance.

Turns out, Friday afternoon, officers with the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (more on those officers here) watched a person sell a rifle to two other people in the parking lot of a hotel in the same shopping center of the Walmart, according to Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

Holmes says the officers contacted the buyers, while the seller -- later identified by the officers as Miranda -- fled the scene. The two men admitted to buying one of the rifles, valued at $1,500, for $200, and Holmes says both men admitted to having a reason to believe the rifle was stolen. Police would later find out that it was one of the rifles stolen from the Walmart store a stone's throw away from the hotel earlier that day.

Both of the buyers were booked into jail on charges of controlling stolen property, and one of the buyers was a convicted felon, meaning he was prohibited from possessing a firearm to begin with, which resulted in an additional charge for him.

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Phoenix PD
A surveillance still from the Walmart store.
On Monday afternoon, police sent out a video-surveillance shot of the Walmart theft suspect to media outlets, and by Tuesday morning, Phoenix PD had multiple tips identifying the man as Miranda, Holmes says.

The officers who watched the gun sale in the hotel parking lot confirmed Miranda was the same guy they saw sell the rifle, Holmes says.

Police arrested Miranda yesterday around 11th Avenue and Bell, identifying him as a transient who frequents the area. Holmes says Miranda admitted to the Walmart thefts, but also admitted to committing a burglary at a Sprout's grocery store around Third Avenue and Bell Road that same morning.

Miranda was booked into jail on charges of burglary, trafficking stolen property, and misconduct involving weapons.

Police were able to recover all three of the rifles.

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Daniel Miranda.
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55 comments
Cory Chapman
Cory Chapman

I haven't bought a gun in a parking lot in months. Wudn't me.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

We may have different definition of 'responsible.' Knowing how to refit a gun with an attachment makes you more technically savvy but not necessarily more 'responsible.'

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

That's from the same store mentioned in the story

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

No way? And not the 22 caliber models?

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Actually they sell Sig Sauer M400, 716's, HK 416 and SR9 among others.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Why does any other gun retailer sell AR-15's? Because they can, that's why.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

They can't ":walk out" with them. They are locked behind thick glass. The guy would have had to have broken into it and he possibly may have assaulted am employee there because I go into that Walmart and have never seen that area unattended.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Because they can just like any other store that sells firearms.

Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Where was I when this douche was selling then for $200 Damnit!

Steve McGrath
Steve McGrath

i didnt even know walmart sold assault rifles lol

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Good ol 19th ave and bell, what a gem of phoenix.

Ralfino Smith
Ralfino Smith

The Only Thing I Can Think Of When I Read Mary D,OE,s Idiotic response To A Very Educated Comment About The Gun In Question.

Dustin Agahi
Dustin Agahi

Lol its okay guys its from Walmart. The damn think will probably blow up in his face when he tries to operate the weapon system.

Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams

Actually Mary responsible has alot to do with it, irresponsible gun owners would not know how to properly use the customization to render the firearm more controllable. Contray to popular belief, adjustable stocks, and forward grips do not provide more control unless you know how to properly use those attachments

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

RE:"They are reliable and easily customizable to provide responsible gun owners better control, accuracy and safe use of the firearm" What 'responsible' has to do with anything? As if it melts as soon as it detects an irresponsible gun owner. I bet it provides equal control and accuracy to any user.

Doug Cleland
Doug Cleland

wal Mart has some nice guns, not to mention some great prices. it's a one stop shopping kind of place.

Javi Mendez
Javi Mendez

dam didn't know Walmart kept it real and sold shit like this... crazy

Samantha Clock
Samantha Clock

I could dress up a 10-22 and the public would swear it was an assault rifle!!

Jason Caflin
Jason Caflin

Did they read him his self titled rights?

Bobby Williams
Bobby Williams

Well Mary walmarts all across the country sell firearms, and ammuntion. Ar-15's chambered in a .223 caliber round make excellent small game rifles, perfect for shooting and squrriels, rabbits and being in Arizona, coyotes. They are reliable and easily customizable to provide responsible gun owners better control, accuracy and safe use of the firearm. It would be good to understand that an AR-15 is not the evil device the media makes it out to be.

Ralfino Smith
Ralfino Smith

Would You "Run" That By My One More Time? Because I Don't Want To Go Thru A " Marathon" Of Pages... So "Sarcasm" Is Kinda Like That?

Bhang Bhang
Bhang Bhang

Why do they sell that shit at Walmart lol

Jesse Adams
Jesse Adams

What shit brand of ar does Walmart sell lol

Samantha Clock
Samantha Clock

Im a gun nut!! I collect them. I have NEVER seen an AR-15 at walmart. I do live in a very small town though. However for those of you who do not know an AR-15 is not more dangerous than a 10-22. With the exception of being a larger caliber. They are both semi automatic. Why shouldn't walmart sell one peticular caliber over another?

Benya Onya
Benya Onya

I'm white, I don't steal Rhiannon, LOL.

Mary Grifford
Mary Grifford

Why does Walmart sell AR-15 ?? What animal you shoot with them? How can you just get them and walk out with them ?? They don't lock them up or anything ?? SMDH !!

Patrick McLeod
Patrick McLeod

What the fuck does Walmart need to be selling AR-15's for?

Ralfino Smith
Ralfino Smith

We Do Have Background Checks... May want To Check Your Facts Before spouting False Information. Oh Wait That Is What The Left Does Best!

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Firearms/guns should never be readily accessible where somebody can simply walk out of a store with them.

BT Carlos
BT Carlos

If we had background checks this wouldn't have happened!

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

I'm glad those were hard to get. We wouldn't want them in the wrong hands or anything! I mean, jeez!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

The brazen act on the part of Mr Miranda and the fact that one of the two individuals who bought that AR-15 from him is a prohibited person (i.e. a convicted felon) points up the need for private buyers and sellers to have to jump thru the same hoops as anyone who wants to purchase a firearm at a gun shop.

WTH_is_that
WTH_is_that

He looks like the guy from Harry Potter.. the bad guy. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  

Think about that.

Do you think Mr Miranda and his customers really WOULD jump through those hoops?    Of course not.  Gun laws like that only impact the honest citizens.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745  

What this really highlights is the need for licensed gun sellers to secure their stock.  Walmart should have their license pulled for allowing this to happen.  No real gun store would have let somebody just walk out with rifles.


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