Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich




Four defendants operated a criminal enterprise organized specifically to victimize businesses in Pima, Pinal, and Maricopa Counties. The defendants stole merchandise including alcohol and cigarettes from various Circle K stores and then would then resell the stolen property on the black market. Knowing the Circle K non-confrontation policy, Defendants would walk into stores during normal business hours, go directly behind the counter or into the storage room, and fill trashcans with cartons of cigarettes and other merchandise. Defendants would then take the merchandise to an apartment where a co-defendant Lee illegally operated a “grocery store.” The total amount stolen was approximately $43,771.42. This case was prosecuted by the Section because of its statewide jurisdiction authority and nuisance to multiple counties. The Defendants entered guilty pleas and were sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.