A 61-year-old man was arrested for fraudulent schemes and organized retail theft in Gilbert, an act in which his 89-year-old mother allegedly helped, according to the Gilbert Police Department.
Larry Ruthenberg was arrested after police conducted surveillance on the two suspects, observing them committing 32 separate thefts in five days, said Sgt. Jesse Sanger, Gilbert police spokesman. Police found more than $130,000 worth of stolen property.
“Larry and (his) mother were selling the stolen property at local garage sales,” Sanger said.
Gilbert police conducted search warrants at multiple locations including the suspect’s home and multiple storage lockers, totaling three large box trucks worth of brand new, stolen property, Sanger said.
Rutherberg was arrested multiple times in Michigan for retail fraud, Sanger said. He and his mother, Doris, moved to Arizona last year in June. He remains in custody on a $36,000 bond and chargest against his mother faces are pending, Sanger said.