Mesa police arrest bicyclist carrying stolen computer

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Melissa Roxanne Cardenas By Jennifer Thomas Melissa Roxanne Cardenas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Mesa police arrested a 31-year-old woman for burglary after she was found with a stolen computer from a tax-preparation business.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, a Mesa police officer patrolling the area of Stapley Drive and Main Street saw two people riding bicycles and carrying large objects.

According to Mesa police spokesman Detective Steve Berry, the officer caught up to the bicyclists in a parking lot and was able to stop the woman. The man reportedly disappeared behind a building.

The woman, identified as Melissa Roxanne Cardenas, was carrying a computer that still had the cables attached and the officer noticed that one of the cables had obviously been cut.

On a closer look at the computer, it was found to have come from a nearby H & R Block. When the business was checked, it had a broken front window and computers were missing.

Cardenas reportedly made statements that contradicted how she came to be in possession of the computer. Berry said she also denied that there was a second person with her at any time.

Upon further investigation, officers located a bicycle, a bag containing burglary tools, and additional property that was stolen from the H & R Block. These items were seized and the bicycle contained DNA evidence.

Cardenas was booked for commercial burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.