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'Operation Beer Garden' targets convenience store thefts

Mug shot of Jordan Newman from a previous arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Mug shot of Jordan Newman from a previous arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police have launched "Operation Beer Garden" aimed at curbing convenience store thefts and crimes linked to them.

The department's new Business and Economic Stability Team has teamed up with Circle K security to target at least 66 offenders who've committed crimes against the business, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said.

One of the those targeted was the so-called "Candy Man." Between November 2012 to June 2013, Jordan Newman entered two Circle K stores on Glendale Avenue at least 35 times, and shoplifted more than $2,900 in products, primarily candy bars, Holmes said. The investigation revealed Newman would take the property, and sell it for drugs or cash.

Holmes said beer runs often lead to violence, are a threat to public safety and often leads to higher prices for consumers.

In May, Newman faced charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, possessing burglary tools and criminal trespassing. He pleaded guilty to possessing burglary tools and the other three charges were dismissed. Court documents filed on July 25 show that Newman violated his probation.

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