Arizona Corrections Officer Accused of Serial Shoplifting at Walmart

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A mugshot and surveillance stills of Hugo Rivera's alleged Walmart thefts.
A serial Walmart shoplifter was caught this week, and he turned out to be a corrections officer, according to authorities.

Hugo Rivera, 34, shoplifted from Walmart stores at least five times, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, and had already been banned from entering any Walmart store when he was caught in the act earlier this week.

Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Doug Nick tells New Times that Rivera resigned from the department after his arrest, and that he had no disciplinary history other than "relatively minor" incidents.

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Owner of Motorcycle Maker Sucker Punch Sallys Accused of Fraud

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Gerie Leigh Clayton, the owner of Scottsdale-based custom motorcycle maker Sucker Punch Sallys, has been arrested on felony theft charges.

Scottsdale police say Clayton, 64, defrauded at least two people by taking money for custom bikes that were never made.

"They had placed orders from out of state or out of the country and made significant deposits to have the work done, and these custom motorcycles weren't put together and weren't shipped out," Scottsdale Police Officer Kevin Watts tells New Times.

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"Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie Stalked Estranged Wife With GPS Tracker, Cops Say

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"Pregnant man" Thomas Beatie has been arrested on suspicion of stalking his estranged wife.
Thomas "Pregnant Man" Beatie has been arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of stalking his estranged wife with a GPS tracker.

Beatie, a woman who underwent a sex change in 1997, became famous a few years ago because of eyebrow-raising pictures of a pregnant body beneath a bearded, male-looking face. "He" since has had three children.

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Sky Harbor Airport Passenger Found With 92 Pounds of Weed in Checked Luggage

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One of the weed bags ready to fly to Pittsburgh.
A passenger on a flight out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport tried to check luggage containing 92 pounds of marijuana, according to the TSA.

A TSA spokesman says the Phoenix Police Department was contacted once agents made the discovery.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton had actually spread the load among three checked bags, and two of the bags actually made it onto the plane.

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Terry Haupt of Colorado Loves Dogs -- Maybe a Little Too Much

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Sheriff's deputies arrested a Colorado man on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bestiality after he put an ad on Craigslist that was answered by a police officer.

Terry Wayne Haupt, 52, apparently thought his dreams of puppy love had come true when a woman answered the ad he placed on September 25 seeking a woman interested in dogs.

For the next couple of weeks, he chatted with the "woman" about his desire to have sex with her and a dog at the same time. On the other side of cyberspace, though, there was no one eager to fulfill Haupt's furry fantasy -- just Deputy Dave Evans.

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White Supremacist Gang Member Arrested After Assaulting Man at Bar

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A Glendale man has been arrested after yelling racial slurs and hitting a man over the head with a beer bottle.

Joseph David Burgoyne, 28, was at Denim and Diamonds Bar in Mesa when he allegedly yelled "white power" and "nigger" at the victim. When the victim confronted Burgoyne, Burgoyne allegedly attacked him with a bottle, injuring the back of the victim's head.

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Mesa Cop Charged with Sex Crimes in the Line of Duty

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A Mesa police officer has been indicted on three felony sex-crime offenses, all of which allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

Justin Cherry, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual molestation of a child.

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Seven People Involved With Motorcycle Gang Arrested in Beating at Phoenix Bar

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Seven people associated with a motorcycle gang have been arrested for allegedly beating a man and his girlfriend outside a Phoenix bar in March.

Police say the seven people are involved with a motorcycle gang called Latin Riderz, and face charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, and assisting a criminal street gang.

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos tells New Times the victims, a man and his girlfriend, were innocent people who were "literally just minding their own business" inside the River City Pockets bar on March 19, when they were confronted by the alleged gangsters.

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Tempe Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Injured Man Pushing Bike

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Justin DeValk and Valerie Oudin made a public appeal on Thursday for help finding the hit-and-run driver who struck DeValk in Tempe on Monday.
Police and the victim of a Tempe hit-and-run crash this week made a public appeal on Thursday for information and witnesses in the case.

Justin DeValk, 21, a Mesa Community College student, appeared before reporters and TV cameras near the crash site on Broadway Road near College Avenue, his head and right arm wrapped in bandages.

"He swerved and hit me," DeValk says of the driver. "I'm just trying to figure out who he is."

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Phoenix Elementary School Worker Arrested on Child-Porn Charges

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A college student working in a job-placement program at a Phoenix elementary school was arrested on child-porn charges.

Travis Kinkaid-Mata, 27, worked in the library at Phoenix's Longview Elementary School, near 12th Street and Indian School Road, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

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