A man arrested for committing armed robberies of four north Phoenix businesses in March has now been charged with 21 thefts of Home Depot stores in Mesa, Chandler, and Queen Creek since March of 2016.
Mesa police report that 30-year-old Kipper Ray Myers ran a theft ring with two others who stole power tool equipment worth over $30,000, in 21 thefts from six Home Depot stores and one Lowe's.
Police say, in most cases, Myers and his accomplices would place power tools between two sheets of plywood, walk back to the lumber section and then run out the emergency exit to an awaiting car, usually a Nissan Moreno.
It was this vehicle that was tied to the business crimes in north Phoenix, including a credit union. After the FBI released video of the credit union robbery, tips came in leading to Myers arrest.
Mesa police learned Myers was in jail for the crimes in north Phoenix and confronted him with photos of the Home Depot crimes. Police say Myers is “readily identifiable because Home Depot installed High-Definition cameras.” Myers admitted his involvement in most of the crimes.
Myers reportedly told police that he was a heroin addict and would sell the power tools to a middle man who would sell them at various construction sites around the Valley.
Myers has been charged with 21 counts of organized retail theft.