Gilbert man accused of stealing from 19 retailers - New York News

Gilbert man accused of stealing from 19 retailers

Posted: Updated:
Larry Ruthenberg Larry Ruthenberg
MESA, Ariz. -

The pictures are incredible. A warehouse, stocked full of basically any item you can imagine. Food, clothes, even gardening supplies. But police say all these items were stolen.

Not stolen by just anybody, however. Police say it was a 61-year-old man and his 89-year-old mother – two people who normally wouldn't raise any suspicion.

This all started when Gilbert Police responded to what appeared to be a routine shoplifting call. But it turns out this case was far from ordinary.

This Gilbert man allegedly used his wheelchair-bound mother to steal more than $130,000 worth of products from retail stores.

Gilbert police say 61-year-old Larry Ruthenberg is being held on suspicion of fraudulent schemes and organized retail theft. 

They say Ruthenberg has been arrested multiple times for retail fraud in Michigan and he and his 89-year-old mother Doris moved to Arizona last June.

Gilbert police say Ruthenberg and his mother allegedly were involved in 32 thefts over a 5-day span from 19 retailers.

Police say the two then allegedly sold the items - still in their original packaging - at Gilbert garage sales. 

Authorities say they seized three truckloads of stolen merchandise from Ruthenberg's home and several storage lockers. To date, police have uncovered $130,000 in stuff.

Police say charges against Ruthenberg's mother are pending. Ruthenberg has been jailed.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press contributed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices