This morning (1/20) at 12:31 AM Christopher Christian Araya, 25, a transient, was contacted in his vehicle while parked in the Smith’s Grocery Store parking lot and arrested for shoplifting at Hastings on December 22nd at approximately 8:19 PM after he concealed multiple items and proceeded past all points of sale without paying for the items. Store employees confronted Araya and he gave back three of the items, consisting of two small handheld black-lights and a metal tin with pickle shaped band-aids. The value of the property was $23.00. After turning over those three items he fled the area in his vehicle, and police had been attempting to contact Araya for the past couple weeks, but found out he is transient in nature with no permanent address.
Officers arrived into the parking lot to find the vehicle occupied by three individuals, a backpack on top of the car, and an extension cord running from the car to the back of the Chevron Gas station. The subjects stated they were using the power to charge their cell phones.
Araya stated that he took the items by accident.
Based on the investigation, Araya was arrested, transported to the Lake Havasu City Jail, booked, and held for court. Araya’s White Toyota Scion was towed from the location.
The other two subjects in the vehicle gathered their items and left the area on foot.