Man allegedly shot, killed woman over fake gift card

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PHOENIX – Police have arrested the man they say murdered a Phoenix woman, possibly over a fraudulent gift card.

Cesar Chacon, 25, was arrested Saturday night near his home in the area of 16th and Oak streets.

Detectives believe he killed Mary Steyer last week.

The 30-year-old’s body was discovered in an alley behind a convenience market near 20th Street and Thomas Road Wednesday morning. She had been shot to death.

Neighbors did report hearing gunshots in that area some time between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Investigators said the murder appears to be related to a gift card scam.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said Chacon told detectives he had purchased a gift card from Steyer. He claimed the card she sold him was fake.

Investigators are trying to determine if the gift card was indeed fraudulent.