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Crime Trackers: Walmart theft suspects captured by police

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TUCSON - A shoplifting ring has hit Walmart stores in Pima County. Detectives said they're stealing high dollar computers.

A News 4 Tucson viewer recognized one of the thieves when we showed his picture on the air earlier this week.

“The thieves walked into the Walmart by the Foothills Mall on Jan. 14," investigators said. "He had a shopping cart and headed to the electronics department, where he loaded it up with computers, walked out, and into a white SUV."

Pima County Sheriff's Detective Ted Hartenstein contacted Oro Valley Police Department about the thefts.

He said the suspect in their case is the same one that hit an Oro Valley Walmart on January 30.

In a surveillance video, one of the suspects was mirroring what was done 16 days before.

The suspect placed the computers in the cart, headed out of the store and left the parking lot in a white SUV.

“It doesn't appear that this is the first time these individuals have been involved," said Oro Valley Police Sergeant Carmen Treviso. "We are examining other surveillance video to see if they are involved in other thefts.”

These thefts could end up costing Tucsonan shoppers money.

“When businesses lose property to theft," explained Detective Hartenstein. "They have to cover the cost of what was stolen to them. And they cover the cost by raising their prices for everybody else.”

That's not setting well for Steven Young.

“Of course it's upsetting, because everything is inflated now,” said Young.”

Young is also worried that these recent thefts could affect the safety of the customers.

“If they become aggressive and dangerous,” he said. “Because I know some of these rings in the past have resorted to violence particularly with older people.”

48 hours after News 4 Tucson aired the pictures, one of the suspects was identified.

“A member of the public came forward to identify the suspect and gave us additional information,” said Detective Hartenstein.

Suspect 47-year-old Arthur Dent has been in prison several times, according to the Department of Corrections. Some of his charges include theft.

Dent was released in 2010.

He was arrested on Friday, Feb. 13 and charged with aggravated shoplifting.

The suspect also had three arrest warrants out for him, including charges for shoplifting and assault.

Dent is currently in Pima County Jail.

Later on Friday, Oro Valley Police also arrested the other suspect. 27-year-old James Stewart is currently booked into Pima County Jail, charged with two counts of shoplifting.

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