Smoke Shop Manager Hit With Car During Confrontation With Pipe Thief, Cops Say


A man who stole a pipe from a Mesa smoke shop slammed his car into a manager who had tried to stop him, police say.

The incident began on Saturday just before 3 p.m. when the man, who wasn't identified immediately by police, walked out of DJ's Smoke Shop, 2034 West Southern Avenue, with the pipe, according to a police write-up. The manager chased him out, but the thief threw her to the ground, "causing injury," police say. When the manager walked behind the suspect's vehicle to get his license plate, he ran into her.

Police soon tracked the guy down and arrested him near his apartment after a foot chase.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.