An AZ gold heist: Man robbed of loot at gunpoint

Posted at 12:45 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 14:45:21-05

Police say a Mesa man was the victim of an old fashioned gold heist.

According to court records, the victim collected computer circuit boards and removed the gold scrap, which would then sell the gold using the mobile application, "offerup."

On Feb. 14, the victim met up with 22-year-old Aaron Kamar Kennedy in a Walgreen's parking lot near Sossaman and Broadway roads to make the deal. By the way, selling scrap metal is legal.

Police said the victim pulled out the gold and performed an acid test to verify the metals were legit. That's when Kennedy pulled out his best Old Western tool--a gun. Kennedy allegedly took the gold and ran off into the evening darkness.

Days later, police found a fingerprint on the plastic pill bottle, which was initially holding the plastic bag of gold, and lifted it. That fingerprint led police to Kennedy.

He was arrested in Phoenix and booked into jail on one count of armed robbery. Records show Kennedy was on probation related to a prior assault conviction.