Anthony Paez, left, and Blaze Claeson (Scottsdale Police Department Photos)
PHOENIX – Two more suspects were charged in connection with the unrest at Scottsdale Fashion Square nearly a year ago, bringing the total of arrests to 61, authorities said on Tuesday.
Blaze Claeson, 18, and Anthony Paez, 29, are accused of robbing stores during a night of widespread havoc at the mall on May 30, 2020.
The Scottsdale Police Department said the two were seen on surveillance video taking merchandise from stores, Claeson from jeweler Alex and Ani and Paez from beauty retailer Sephora.
Both men have been convicted of burglary, while Claeson faces an additional count of forgery.
Police did not recover any of the stolen goods this time around, but more than $ 244,000 in merchandise was returned to businesses in past cases.
Several stores were vandalized and broken into during the night of the unrest, including Neiman Marcus, Urban Outfitters and the Apple Store, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.
The incident occurred as protests unfolded across the valley and across the country over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
The protest organizers have not been linked to what happened in Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Police have not stopped investigating what happened at the upscale mall last year. Anyone with information has been asked to call the police at 480-312-5000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377).