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Published on June 21, 2024
Maricopa County Court Imposes 3.5 Years Sentence on Man for Million-Dollar Retail Theft and Orders $300K RestitutionSource: Google Street View

In a case spotlighting the impact of organized retail theft on businesses, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has secured a prison sentence against Juan Ambriz-Rincon, convicted of pilfering merchandise worth over $1 million. The culprit has been handed a sentence of three-and-a-half years and is ordered to additionally pay restitution summing up to $300,000, according to official statements.

Rachel Mitchell, the County Attorney, emphasized the gravity of the offense, stating that instead of lawful employment, Ambriz-Rincon chose "to steal over $1M from retail stores and then re-sell the stolen merchandise" The sentence aims to not only punish but also to firmly disseminate a message to potential criminals: Maricopa County will not tolerate organized retail crime.

This case became especially prominent because the crimes affected multiple states, but it was Maricopa County’s experience with such cases that led the victim company to request prosecution in this jurisdiction. Ambriz-Rincon, whose date of birth is listed as April 1984, pleaded guilty in April to five felony counts, including organized retail theft, trafficking in stolen property, and possession of dangerous drugs.

Sean Browne, the senior manager of Organized Retail Crime at The Home Depot, articulated the impact such crimes have on retailers. "The Home Depot continues to feel the pressure of organized retail crime across the country," he said. "The work of Rachel Mitchell and her team is instrumental in ensuring we can reverse this growing trend in Maricopa County," Browne told the press.

The announcement of the sentence marks a significant outcome for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office as it continues to wage a battle against the rise in organized thefts, which have recently pressed retailers both large and small. Ambriz-Rincon is now facing the consequences of his large-scale theft operation and Maricopa officials hope this will serve as a deterrent to similar would-be offenders.