Suspect Arrested In Bleacher Theft Cases

December 23, 2010

Alan SmithMesa Police detectives are pleased to announce the arrest of a suspect in a string of bleacher thefts from earlier this year. Alan Lee Smith, 44 (shown here in photo), was taken into custody at approximately 8:00 pm on December 22 at his home in Mesa.

Between May and August 2010, Mesa Public Schools had a total of 14 thefts at 10 different school locations. Each time, large sections of bleachers from the football stadiums were stolen. The total value of the stolen property was over $21,000.  693 pounds of stolen bleachers were apparently sold as scrap at American Metals in Mesa. In one of the thefts, a drill and wrench were left at the scene. Detectives working the case submitted the items to the Mesa Police Crime Lab for DNA testing and a match returned to Smith. Once detained, Smith admitted that he was at the recycler, but did not admit his involvement in the crimes.

Smith has been charged with Trafficking in Stolen property, Burglary, Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.



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