Police said a bicycle thief's route of lawlessness stretches from Oro Valley to the far South Side.
Oro Valley police said the thief reportedly stole a truck at Platinum Fitness on Oct. 8 on Oracle and Ina roads.
The truck's owner, Russell Sargent was in the gym working out. An hour later he said, “I went back to my locker and saw that it was open. I went through it and saw that my keys and my wallet were missing.”
His new Ford F 150 truck he just bought three weeks earlier was also gone. He said he had not even made the first payment on the vehicle. He called Oro Valley Police.
“As I was talking to police I canceled my debit card," said Sargent. "They had said there was a charge made about five minutes ago that I didn't make because I was at the gym.”
He found out his credit card was being used at a Walmart at Park Avenue and Interstate 10.
Detectives said it was being used by the same man, who apparently was on a bicycle and went into Platinum Fitness to use the restroom. He reportedly came out with Sargent's car keys and wallet. Video surveillance showed him walking into the South Side Walmart about an hour after he left Platinum Fitness.
“So I drove down there with my dad and we saw the truck sitting there in the parking lot," Sargent said. "Then we called Tucson Police. I also called the officer back from Oro Valley.”
Sargent used his banking app to track the purchase that led him to the Walmart.
“He was very fortunate that he was able to be notified of where his personal card was being used,” Oro Valley Police spokeswoman Lt. Kara Riley said.
Oro Valley sent its Crime Scene Unit to the Walmart parking lot to process the truck for evidence.
“What we have found with these types of crimes that if it’s done once in our community it perhaps done in other communities in Pima County,” said Riley.
If you know this man or have information, call 911 or 88-CRIME.
Sargent also got his truck back, but other items are missing. His message to the thief, “Get a job, buy your own stuff don't take mine.”
Sargent works two jobs. One of them as a firefighter. He is also going to school, all in an effort to be a productive member of society and to help people.