MARICOPA — An off-duty Casa Grande Police officer who witnessed a woman shoplifting detained the alleged thief at the Maricopa Fry’s store on Sunday.

Officer Brian Vazquez was shopping at Fry’s on John Wayne Parkway in Maricopa at around 10 a.m. when he witnessed Valerie Lewis allegedly shoplifting. He watched as she took two bottles of alcohol and passed all points of sale before detaining her and calling Maricopa Police.

Officers on scene found there was a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested for her outstanding warrant and transported to the Pinal County jail. She also faces one count of shoplifting.


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