Man convicted in Maricopa County of stealing from home improvement store


A 40-year-old man was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution after pleading guilty to five charges, including organized retail theft, authorities said Thursday.

Juan Ambriz-Rincon faces 3.5 years in prison and was ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution for confiscating more than $1 million from southwest home improvement stores, according to a statement from the district attorney's office of Maricopa County.

Although the crimes occurred in multiple states, “the victim company requested MCAO to prosecute here because of MCAO's expertise in organized retail theft cases,” the release said.

In April, Ambriz-Rincon pleaded guilty to five charges, including organized retail theft, trafficking in stolen property and possession of dangerous drugs.

“Rather than having a gainful job, this criminal made it his mission to steal more than $1 million from retail stores and then resell the stolen merchandise,” the Maricopa County attorney said. , Rachel Mitchell.

“This significant restitution, combined with the prison sentence, sends a message to offenders that Maricopa County is not the place to escape this type of crime.”

Sean Browne, senior director of retail organized crime at Home Depot, said the company “continues to feel pressure from organized retail crime across the country.”

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