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A routine highway stop over an expired license plate resulted in the arrest of an Arizona man and the recovery of several hundred circuit breakers stolen from Home Depots in five states, according to a report on WISH-TV, an Indianapolis station.
Steven Wang, 52, was arrested on Aug. 31 by members of the ProActive Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Team, which is made up of officers and deputies from multiple law enforcement agencies. He was driving along Interstate 70 with expired plates and a suspended driver’s license, according to authorities. Wang was also charged with marijuana possession.
PACE officers say they discovered “several hundred electrical circuit breakers” stolen from more than 20 Home Depot stores in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Utah. Ultimately, detectives found several hundred more circuit breakers at another location in Indiana. Investigators believe the stolen merchandise is valued at $70,000.
Wang has been arrested seven times for shoplifting at Home Depot stores all over the country, according to a PACE team spokesman.