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Marana police arrest man who stole "Yoda" Christmas decorations

PD: Man arrested for stealing "Yoda" decorations
Posted at 12:26 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 16:20:04-05

Marana police have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of stealing Christmas decorations. 

Jordan Knuffke, 28, faces theft-related charges in connection with the crime. 

According to the Marana Police Department, on Saturday, Dec. 9, officers were flagged down while on patrol in the Gladden Farms neighborhood. 

A homeowner told the officer that their inflatable Christmas decorations had just been stolen from their front yard. 

After the homeowner provided officers with a description of the suspect's vehicle, officers located a car that matched the description near Interstate 10 and Tangerine Road. 

According to police, Knuffke fled from them at a high rate of speed and abandoned the vehicle in the farm fields near Breakers Water Park. 

Following a search, Knuffke was located and taken into custody. Additional charges are pending against him, police said. 

Officers located the homeowner's inflatable Christmas decorations inside Knuffke's vehicle, as well as stolen items from additional cases involving other local police agencies. 

Two inflatable "Yoda" decorations were also recovered and are still looking for their rightful owners. 

Police say the majority of stolen items found have been returned to their owners. 

Anyone with information about the owners of these decorations is asked to call Marana police at 520-382-2000.