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After only a couple of minutes, inexplicably, the truck drove off at a high rate of speed onto the roadway. Our officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle for a traffic violation and contacted 37 year-old Rafael Luis Valenzuela. Valenzuela was in possession of Marijuana and drug paraphernalia, for which he was arrested. Inside the vehicle was a box of latex gloves and numerous tools, to include multiple lock/bolt cutters.
Valenzuela gave no reason for being in Mesa, at 2 AM, in a parking lot full of closed businesses and gave a Phoenix address as his residence, before refusing further interview. A history check revealed Valenzuela had a criminal history of numerous burglaries in the Phoenix area. So, a shout out to Officer Stoddard for some excellent, proactive police work. Way to represent brother!!!