PHOENIX - A 58-year-old South Phoenix woman was arrested for trafficking stolen property after police found that she regularly bought stolen beer and resold it, said Phoenix police.
Police first arrested a suspect for stealing two 19-packs of beer from a Circle K. The suspect then told officers that he was planning to sell the stolen beer to someone he called “mama,” saying everyone who steals beer in the neighborhood sells it to “mama,” Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix police said.
Phoenix Police detectives figured out the identity of the woman known as “mama” and began an undercover operation, according to Holmes.
The detectives sold a total of eight 30-packs of beer to the woman between February 27 and March 28, averaging $15 for each pack, according to Holmes.
While they were conducting the investigation, the woman told officers the best way to have a successful “beer run” – don’t do it on Fridays because the stores are too busy with check cashing, steal Budweiser and Bud Light because they’re the easiest to resell and bring a friend to make things easier, said Holmes.
She also told the undercover officers to be careful while they were stealing beer, as there were undercover police working nearby, he said.
The woman said she sells individual beers for $1 per can, according to police.
Police searched the woman’s apartment near 28th Street and Broadway Road on Thursday, finding 26 cases of beer and several cans, as well as more than $5,600 in cash, said Holmes.
The woman was booked on four counts of trafficking stolen property and one count of liquor sales without a license.