Ariz. man allegedly stole beer to pay bills

Ariz. man allegedly stole beer to pay bills

Angelo De Leon was accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of beer. (Phoenix Police Department)

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by ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 8:50 PM

(ABC News) -- An Arizona man is under arrest, suspected of being the culprit in a string of dozens of beer thefts from Phoenix area markets over a nine-month period, according to Phoenix police.

Angelo De Leon was arrested Wednesday after Phoenix police identified him as a suspect in the thefts. Police said they identified De Leon after reviewing camera footage at Circle K markets throughout the region.

According to police, De Leon was booked on 54 counts of organized retail theft, accused of making 54 beer thefts during a nine-month period, totalling $6,877.97 worth of merchandise. De Leon was arrested after he was reported to be acting strangely on a roadway.

According to police, De Leon said he was selling the beer to pay his bills.

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