Man accused of stealing at least 30 spare tires around valley - FOX 35 News Orlando

Man accused of stealing at least 30 spare tires around valley

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Angel Pat Ortiz Angel Pat Ortiz
CHANDLER, Ariz. -

Chandler Police say they've arrested a man responsible for about 30 spare tire thefts across the valley since February.

39-year-old Angel Pat Ortiz allegedly stole spare tires mounted on the outside of vehicles in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert.

Officers say Ortiz usually targeted Jeep Liberty's, Toyota Rav 4's and Honda CRV's, but any vehicle with a spare tire could have been of interest.  Vehicles targeted didn't have a locking lug nut or an anti-theft device on the tire.

Ortiz was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property and one count of Theft.

If you've had your exterior tire stolen, but haven't reported it Chandler Police, call 480-782-4130.  Reference police report number 13-67292 when you call.

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