According to Mesa Police, thirty-one-year-old Jerry Gutierrez (31) and thirty-one-year-old (31) Daniel Shafer were arrested on suspicion of trafficking in stolen property for attempting to sell a stolen bike on Craigslist. Mesa Police said the bike, worth $3000, was stolen in Tempe on Friday. The owner of the bike found an advertisement asking $400 for the bike on Craigslist the day after it was stolen. The owner called the police, and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, they set up a meeting with one of the suspects. Officers said the man selling the bike matched the description given of the man seen stealing the bike. When a second man arrived with the bike, the owner of the bike confirmed that it was his. According to police, Mr. Gutierrez stole the bike and asked Mr. Shafer to sell it for him on Craigslist because Mr. Gutierrez did not own a computer. Mr. Gutierrez admitted to police that he offered to pay Mr. Shafer if the bike sold. Police further said that Mr. Shafer suspected that the bike was stolen but did not ask Mr. Gutierrez if it was prior to placing the ad on Craigslist.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2307, “A person who knowingly initiates, organizes, plans, finances, directs, manages or supervises the theft and trafficking in the property of another that has been stolen is guilty of trafficking in stolen property in the first degree.” Under Arizona law, trafficking in stolen property is considered a Class 2 Felony. Further, trafficking in stolen property may result in penalties such as jail time, restitution, fines, or probation.
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