PEORIA, Ariz. -- Peoria police arrested a Phoenix man suspected of stealing more than 2,000 hubcaps across the Valley and selling them on eBay.
Peoria police launched an investigation after 11 vehicles in the area of 75th Avenue and Greenway Road had their hubcaps stolen on June 23.
A week later, several of the auto dealerships in the Bell Road area were burglarized. Peoria police spokesman Mike Tellef said most of the stolen items were hubcaps.
He said the suspects involved in the Peoria thefts were also involved in incidents in Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Two weeks after the thefts in Peoria, the Phoenix Police Department arrested two suspects and gave the information to Peoria police detectives.
The detectives interviewed the suspects and began a three-month investigation into the main suspect, Alexis Navarrete, 25, of Phoenix.
Two search warrants were served on Oct. 28 and detectives recovered 2,193 hubcaps and other stolen items, totaling $179,176.
Tellef said the hubcaps were being sold on eBay.
In total, 16 burglaries in Peoria were solved during this case.
Navarrete was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and trafficking stolen property.