Suspect in Mesa cat mutilations, killings only faces theft charge - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Suspect in Mesa cat mutilations, killings only faces theft charge

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Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:27 pm | Updated: 4:35 pm, Tue Sep 25, 2012.

Police plan on pursuing just one misdemeanor charge against a man they believe is connected to the disappearance of about 40 cats from a Mesa neighborhood, unless more evidence is developed in the future.

Mesa police arrested Scott Graham on Sept. 3 on suspicion of a felony count of mistreatment to animals and misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and theft after reviewing video surveillance a resident of a neighborhood took of Graham taking a cat off the roof of a car and later throwing it out the window of his vehicle as he drove down the street, according to police.

At the time of Graham's arrest, testimony and evidence available to arresting officers supported the listed charges. However, subsequent investigation by detectives has developed information which brings some of the initial facts into question, and based upon this development, the decision was made to continue with only the theft charge, police said.

Police had submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review but prosecutors returned it to police for further investigation.

At this time, police said that investigative efforts have been exhausted. Any additional or future charges are unlikely until additional evidence is developed or received that would allow the investigation to continue.

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