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10/5/2012 6:00:00 AM
Brazen TV thief gets prison time
William Zappa
William Zappa

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A shoplifter was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing two flat-screen televisions valued at less than $1,000 from a local store.

William Duffy Zappa pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of attempted retail theft and one count of unlawful removal of an anti-theft device for the thefts of two flat-screen televisions from the Bullhead City and Kingman Walmarts.

Prosecutor Doug Camacho said in court documents that Zappa selected a 42-inch television from the electronics department, took it to another department, used a pocket knife to remove the security wrap and exited the store with the TV and a receipt in hand to make it look like he had bought the item.

Zappa sold one of the televisions to his sister for $400. She contacted Kingman Police in June when she became concerned she was in the possession of stolen property following Zappa's arrest for shoplifting. He was caught shoplifting from Walmart on three occasions earlier this year and has been ordered to stay out of the store.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Article comment by: Debbie Wells

Hey Joe. She's doing him a favor. My parents never questioned my oldest brother when he brought stolen goods home as a youth. They bailed him out of Juvie & Jail. Coddled and Enabled him. He grew up to be a lying sociopath who thinks he is "entitled." Couldn't hold a job. Three ex wives. Who got tired of relying on public assitance and a husband who refused to make something of his life. Now 60 years old and recently moved in to his Girl friends home from a crappy RV park and a tiny travel trailer.

Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2012
Article comment by: Good Buy

Where was this guy when I needed a new TV?

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Doesn't this story take the cake. Bill did his sister a favor by getting her a 42-inch flat screen TV and she ups and rat finks on him. He ought to dis-own her!

Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

We need to change the way we punish these non-violent offenders. There are many ways to punish people besides locking them up and making the tax payers foot the bill for two years We should give them a choice to show up and do public service or go to jail. This person is not a threat to public he is a threat to Walmart. Instead of making us pay for his incarsaration we should be able to punish him in more creative ways. How about he work in the Walmart parking lot four hours a day bringing back shopping carts. Or wash cars at the county yard all day. If he doesn't show up then put him in jail.

Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

@ ARS? Courts

Not sure of the actual limits....but 2 separate incidents don't get added together to make one higher charge.


Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012
Article comment by: ARS? Courts

Kinda curious about Arizona's Statutes concerning this crime. Always considered anything under a $1,000 to not be Grand Theft, since it is below a Grand.
Wish they would stop sending small time offenders to prison, they just get schooled in worse crimes. Or maybe at least give them an option, say locked in a steel structure for a tenth of the time they would have gotten, with 2 other criminals to monitor intruder screens in shifts to free up real Border Patrol to be in the field. It's possible they might begin to identify with Law Enforcement.
Oh, Brazen Thief, much different from Timid thieves, you know, the ones that slip a candy bar in mom's handbag in checkout line.




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