A valley man has been taken into custody following an investigation into multiple computer thefts.
According to Phoenix Police, 41-year-old Gary Lee Allen is accused of stealing a laptop computer from the sound booth in Living Streams Church, located near Central and Glendale avenues, in March 19. The church discovered their stolen device on “Offer Up,”
a startup app designed to connect secondhand sellers with buyers.
Police say the computer was purchased by a college student who allegedly bought it from a man who found the computer in a Peoria “drug flop house.” The individual told police Allen left the laptop there.
Police identified Allen through surveillance camera footage from the church. Allen was already on probation for burglary and probation officers searched his residence, where they discovered six computers worth $600 each that belonged to Eagle College Preparatory Harmony in Phoenix. The school, located near 24th Street and Southern Avenue, is cleaned by the company where Allen previously worked as a janitor.
Allen faces charges of burglary and theft. For more information please visit the official page of the Phoenix Police Department.