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PD: Man arrested after stealing remote control cars from Mesa hobby store

Posted: 2:32 PM, Mar 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-19 17:32:53-04
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MESA, AZ — A man has been arrested after allegedly stealing remote control cars from a Mesa hobby store.

Mesa police report that on March 12 they responded to Viper Hobbies near Gilbert Road and Southern Avenue for a reported theft.

The victim reportedly told police that three remote-control cars were missing.

A worker told police they saw a suspect leave the shop in a white van. Police later found the van about nine miles from the store.

The driver, 34-year-old Gonzalo Manuel Olmeda, was detained for driving on a suspended license. Police say they located the three cars, valued at nearly $2,000, inside the van.

Olmeda allegedly told police that he stole the cars because he needed rent money.

He's been charged with theft and burglary.