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MAMMOTH — A Mammoth man is facing charges after he allegedly stole and then returned $3,000 worth of tools.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Richard O. Sharp, 28, is charged with burglary and theft.

A Mammoth Police officer spotted Sharp around 7 p.m. on April 6 in the 400 block of South Main Street. The officer noted in his report that a sergeant from the department had briefed officers that morning that Sharp allegedly had taken $3,000 worth of tools around 9 a.m. from a home in the 400 block of Vine Avenue.

The sergeant told officers that he stopped and spoke with Sharp when Sharp allegedly returned the tools to their owner in the 400 block of Vine Avenue. Sharp allegedly admitted to the sergeant that he took the tools because the property owner owed him $160.

While being questioned at the station later that day, Sharp allegedly asked what would happen if someone had “hypothetically” eaten drugs. Sharp was immediately given Narcan, a drug that can treat an opioid overdose, and medical aid was called.

While Sharp was uncuffed to be treated by medical personnel, he allegedly became belligerent and told medics that he was going to beat them up if they touched him.

He then allegedly refused to be handcuffed and an officer forced him to the ground with a leg sweep. Sharp was then handcuffed and placed in a patrol car for transport. While in the car, he allegedly kicked the car door. He was eventually booked into the county jail.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at