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Phoenix man arrested for alleged burglary during Scottsdale riots in 2020

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Mar 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-10 00:33:12-05

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Police say they have arrested a Phoenix man for allegedly stealing merchandise from two stores during the 2020 riots in downtown Scottsdale.

The Scottsdale Police Department said they arrested 25-year-old Paul Ruiz for multiple felony charges relating to his alleged involvement in the May 30 and 31, 2020 Scottsdale riots.

Authorities identified Ruiz as a suspect after he reportedly tried to sell items that were stolen from Tiffany and Company and Montblanc during the May riots.

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Surveillance video showed Ruiz during the riots taking merchandise from the stores and police say he was found in possession of the stores' same merchandise when he was arrested.

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Ruiz is currently being held on nine felony charges that include burglary and trafficking of stolen property.

Police said 55 arrests have been made relating to the riots with over $235,000 worth of merchandise returned to businesses.