SAFFORD — A man reportedly succeeded in stealing a laptop computer from a local store last month, then chose poorly by going back to lift another.
On the afternoon of June 25, Safford Police were dispatched to Walmart, where staff had detained a shoplifting suspect identified as Ariel Macario, 29. That morning, Macario had allegedly removed a laptop from its display and walked out with the computer tucked into his pants.
Walmart’s asset protection department was preparing a theft report when Macario returned, went to the electronics department and allegedly took a second laptop. He was detained by asset protection until police arrived.
After being advised of his Miranda rights, Macario denied any theft. However, a police search of Macario reportedly found the second laptop — concealed, like the first, down the front of his pants. Asked about this, Macario allegedly claimed he was not read his rights and police had no right to search him. He was booked into jail on two counts each of shoplifting and criminal damage, for damaging the laptop displays. The second laptop, valued at $762, was returned to Walmart.
Macario was also suspected in a June 23 computer theft, when he was allegedly seen on surveillance video taking a $650 laptop from Walmart. That computer, reportedly hidden in his shirt, had not been recovered. The one stolen the morning of June 25, valued at $424, also remained missing.