Arrests Made In Tucson Retail Theft Ring

Richard Godoy, Felipe Godoy, Elizabeth Godoy, Guadalupe Suttle, Alexis Balbastro

In May 2015 Tucson Police officers began an investigation into a group of individuals committing organized retail theft. The officers looked into several incidents and noticed a trend that actually started in February 2015.

The group of individuals would respond to various “big box” stores throughout the city and remove items from the store without paying. The subjects would then return the items to the store or pawn them. This practice caused the stores to lose thousands of dollars in merchandise.

The officers performed an undercover operation and were subsequently able to identify and arrest five adults related to this scheme. Those individuals have been identified as 24-year-old Richard Godoy, 27-year-old Felipe Godoy, 38-year-old Elizabeth Godoy, 26-year-old Guadalupe Suttle and 18-year-old Alexis Balbastro. Each individual was arrested for Organized Retail Theft and Fraud Schemes and booked into the Pima County Jail.



  1. The last name Godoy seems to be synonymous with criminal enterprise in Tucson. Wasn’t another Godoy family running a cartel operation?

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