Mesa man accused of stealing $10K in merchandise from Fry's store

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MESA, Ariz. -- A Mesa man is accused of stealing more than $10,000 worth of merchandise from a Fry's Marketplace on Thanksgiving Day.

Police said surveillance video showed a suspect burglarizing the Fry's store at Main Street and Greenfield Road in Mesa while it was closed for the holiday.

Fry's officials reported that TVs, iPods, Xbox 360 consoles, Wii consoles and other electronics were stolen. Cash and cigarettes were also missing.

The suspect's tattoo helped police identify him as Robert Lheureux, 48. He is a convicted felon and was out on bond for a previous theft case at the time of the Fry's burglary, according to Maricopa County Superior Court documents.

Lheureux was located and arrested on Sunday. Police said Lheureux initially denied the burglary, saying he was in the store to buy items and then left.

Police served a search warrant on Lheureux's home near Crismon Road and 96th Street and located many of the suspected stolen items, according to the court documents.

The shirt the suspect wore during the burglary and packaging from various electronics reportedly were found in a box of trash outside Lheureux's home. Police also said they found a white crystal powder, several knives and brass knuckles in his home.

Lheureux admitted to organizing the burglary and said he had already sold or traded some of the items, according to police.

Lheureux was booked on charges of theft, burglary, trafficking stolen property, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person.