Scottsdale PD: Contest registration form used to find retail thief

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A contest registration form provided police information needed to track down a man allegedly involved in retail thefts and drug trafficking.

Scottsdale police report that on March 25 a man and a woman walked out of the TJ Maxx store near Miller and Camelback roads with a 'Coach' suitcase and clothing. An employee confronted them outside the store when the man, later identified as 30-year-old James Michael Leow, pointed a handgun at the employee and left in a black Honda Civic.

When police reviewed the store's surveillance video, they noticed the woman involved in the crime filled out a contest registration card. They retrieved her card and found out she owned a black 2013 Honda Civic, matching the suspect's vehicle description.

Tracking her social media pages, they learned that she was a friend of a man who matched the male suspect’s description, James Leow. Police say his social media pages showed him with a weapon matching the one used in the robbery.

In the meantime, Leow reportedly struck again at a Marshall’s Store near 18th Street and Camelback Road.

Police also developed other information indicating that Leow was also involved in drug trafficking, they set up a "buy and meet" with him on May 2 near 20th Street and Camelback Road.

Police said when they arrested him they found methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and body armor in his vehicle.

Leow is being held on a $125,000 bond on charges of armed robbery, weapons misconduct and possession of drugs for sale.

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