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PD arrests man accused of naval facility theft

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 16:22:32-05

Police arrested a man for stealing large air conditioning radiators at a Phoenix naval facility.

Court documents show that on Jan. 6, Phoenix Police detectives began tracking 42-year-old Stephen Michael Hudek on suspicion of metal theft. Police placed a GPS unit on his truck and tracked his truck to the inside of a U.S. Navy facility near 35th Avenue and Roosevelt.

Police say later that day they made contact with Hudek and found five commercial-sized air conditioning radiators in the back of his pick-up truck.  

He was not arrested at that time because a Naval representative could not be found.

Police eventually did make contact with the Navy who told them this facility had been the target of numerous metal thefts.

Around 6 p.m. that same day, police found Hudek near 48th and Northern avenues where he ran from police. Police used two canines to find him and when he resisted, police subdued him with a stun gun.

The multi-ton air-conditioning unit was destroyed as Hudek admitted to taking the metal that he was planning to sell for scrap.

The damage was estimated to be worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Hudek has been charged with burglary, criminal damage and resisting arrest.