Phoenix man accused of Walmart thefts throughout Maricopa County

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Jason Dee Draper was arrested on multiple counts of burglary and trafficking in stolen property. By Jennifer Thomas Jason Dee Draper was arrested on multiple counts of burglary and trafficking in stolen property. By Jennifer Thomas

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A Phoenix man is accused of stealing large quantities of high-dollar merchandise from Walmart stores across the Valley.

Chandler police detectives arrested Jason Dee Draper, 34, Wednesday on multiple counts of burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

Detectives believe Draper has stolen $45,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart stores throughout Maricopa County and he's under investigation for similar burglaries throughout the state.

According to court documents, police said Draper shoplifted items including LCD televisions, laptops, car audio units and Dyson vacuums then either pawned the items or sold them on Craigslist.

Investigators believe he committed the crimes to support a methamphetamine habit.

Police spokesman Detective Seth Tyler said Draper caused $8,000 in damages to Walmart stores during his crime spree.

Draper is being held in the Maricopa County Jail on seven counts of third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, nine counts of second-degree trafficking in stolen property, and 15 counts of organized retail theft and second-degree criminal trespassing.

Additional charges are pending outside Maricopa County.