STV man a suspect in multiple shoplifting incidents

Hugo Rivera (Photo courtesy of PCSO)

Hugo Rivera (Photo courtesy of PCSO)


Hugo Rivera, 32, of San Tan Valley was arrested Dec. 9 in connection with three shoplifting incidents that occurred at the Wal-Mart store at 1725 W. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley, according to a press release issued by the Pinal County Sheriff ’s Office.

Suspect Rivera is a corrections officer for the Arizona Department of Corrections in Florence, according to the release.

He was taken to PCSO’s San Tan Valley substation for questioning and later booked into the Pinal County Jail on three felony counts each of theft, burglary and organized retail theft, according to the release.

Sheriff ’s office deputies worked with Wal-Mart asset-protection associates to arrest the suspect, according to the release.

Suspect Rivera is alleged to have shoplifted at the San Tan Valley Wal-Mart on three separate times within a two-week period, Nov. 26-Dec. 9, deputies say. In each of the incidents, a male subject had been observed pushing a loaded grocery cart full of merchandise, including linens, detergent, dish soap, wine, beer and small appliances, out of the store without paying for the items, deputies say.

The value of the merchandise totaled $1,093.35, according to the release.

In each instance, the subject had a young girl with him, according to the release. Deputies say they identified her as the suspect’s 4-year-old daughter.

PCSO became involved on Dec. 3, at about 5:30 p.m., when deputies responded to call about a shoplifting under way. The suspect left before deputies could arrive, but the store’s asset-protection team provided the deputies with still photographs and digital video of the suspect and the vehicle he left in, according to the release.

Employees told the deputies they believed the suspect was the same person who committed a theft a week earlier, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, according to the release. On Tues., Dec. 9, at about 4:12 p.m., PCSO was again contacted by store employees and informed that the same person was at the store and attempting to shoplift. The person was later identified as suspect Rivera, deputies say.

Deputies went to the store and met the suspect as he was leaving the building, according to the press release. After apprehending suspect Rivera, store associates told the deputies that the suspect had in June signed and dated a trespass notice that prohibited him from entering any property owned by Wal-Mart, according to the release. The notice was issued as a result of one of two separate counts of shoplifting that took place at the Wal-Mart at 1710 S. Greenfield Road in Mesa.

Editor’s note: Law enforcement offi-cials remind the public that all persons are considered innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

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