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Crime Trackers: Pushout thefts on the rise in Marana

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Thieves have been seen loading up grocery carts and pushing them out of the stores without paying for the items.  Police said thieves use the "pushout method" to steal a load of pricey goods.

Marana police said thieves are getting a hold of carts, loading them up with stolen items and then walking right out of the stores.

A store surveillance video showed thieves walking out of the Walmart store in Marana last September. They piled all sorts of merchandise into the shopping cart. MPD detective Mike Torres said the dollar amount gets into the thousands.

“We do see that quite a bit," said Torres. "It is a brazen act, but it’s one of those things thieves consider low risk, high yield.”

“I don't think it's right," said shopper Mike Galeski. "It costs other customers more money because somebody stole something.”

Galeski  bought a truck load of items from Walmart for a company Halloween party.

“Walmart is going to make their money either way," he said. "They're going to get paid, so they are going to raise the rates on other things to cover that.”

Two months ago, a couple was busted as they allegedly conducted a “pushout cart” theft. It was caught on surveillance cameras. When MPD stopped their van, they had clothes, makeup and televisions in their possession.  MPD said the stolen items were valued at $1,500.00.

They arrested Ashley Villa and Kenneth Tarrow, and charged them with theft.

“High yield for the thief worked in reverse here because it was high yield for us, as far as law enforcement, because we were able to link up several different cases to these two individuals,” said Torres.

On Friday, the Lowes in Marana was hit by “pushout thieves”. Police plan on cracking down on this growing problem.

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