GLENDALE, AZ - Stolen money with a tracking device leads Glendale Police to thieves after a Wal-Mart theft.
Glendale Police report that on August 29 a man displayed a handgun while robbing the Wal-Mart store near 51st and Olive Avenues and leaving with about $3,000 in cash.
Surveillance video reportedly shows the man getting into a large black SUV. The money was placed in a plastic Wal-Mart bag.
Officers were able to track the suspect to a home in El Mirage near Dysart and Cactus Roads. Undercover officers watched as one person left home and placed some money inside a trash can at a nearby park.
Police say they later found ripped money in the garbage can.
Three men were later arrested by police after they left home in another car. A citizen told police that a man, subsequently identified as David Sanchez was seen destroying the tracking device, which was found by police. In the car, police say they found a duffel bag with money inside a plastic Wal-Mart bag, along with Sanchez’s birth certificate.
All three of the men arrested, David Mejia Sanchez, 21, Colton Vaught, 26 and William Elena, also 26, requested attorneys upon their arrests.
They have been charged with armed robbery, burglary and tampering with evidence.