PHOENIX - A man is in custody after he allegedly stole three AR-15 rifles from a north Phoenix Walmart last week and sold one of them on the street.
Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said that Daniel Justin Miranda, 46, was arrested around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 near 11th Avenue and Bell Road.
Miranda was caught when last Friday afternoon some patrol officers observed an unknown subject sell a rifle, later determined to be one of the stolen rifles from the Walmart burglary, to two people in a hotel parking lot near 17th Avenue and Bell Road. The subjects bought the rifle, worth $1,497, for $200 and when they were contacted by police admitted to believing the rifle was stolen.
Both subjects were booked into jail at that time for theft control of stolen property and other charges.
The suspect who stole the rifle had fled and was not located.
A Phoenix police Gun Squad detective got photographs of the burglary suspect and distributed them to the media.
By Tuesday morning numerous tips had been called in to police naming Miranda as the suspect.
The officers who had seen the purchase of the stolen weapon of April 25 confirmed that Miranda was the suspect they’d seen selling the rife.
Police established surveillance in the area where Miranda, a transient, was known to frequent, and by mid-afternoon on the 29th he was taken into custody and the two additional stolen rifles were recovered.
Holmes said Miranda not only admitted to burglarizing the Walmart, but also burglarizing a Sprouts grocery store near Central Avenue and Bell Road, also on April 25.
Miranda was booked into jail and charged with two counts of burglary, trafficking in stolen property and three counts of misconduct involving weapons/prohibited possessor, all felonies.