Man arrested for possibly stealing property from police vehicles speaks out

- A man accused of stealing from Phoenix Police is speaking out from behind bars.

Investigators say 41-year-old Branden Tucker stole tasers, pepper spray and even handguns from unlocked police cars at two police precincts in January and February.

"Not guilty. Get me out of court and get me out of jail and we can talk about it," Tucker said.

Police say Tucker also took the gear and equipment from unlocked police cars that were in a fenced yard of a Phoenix Police facility.

According to court documents, Tucker's fingerprints were found outside some of the vehicles.

"I see police vehicles all the time. Circle K, different places. I ride a bike a lot. I could have touched one then too. What about every other human beings fingerprints on these vehicles?" Tucker said.

Tucker was arrested at his mother's home near 16th Street and Baseline Road for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

"For something to be this big, you would think they would pick me up for that, not driving under a suspended license," Tucker said.

Tucker admitted to police he bought numerous items of police equipment for $200 including police ballistic vests and padded police equipment.

He told Fox 10 he found some gear near a police substation precinct. He claims he doesn't know who put it there.

"I was wrong for buying it. I didn't question the guy I bought it from. I was under some heavy drugs. That's on the city of Phoenix Police to further question that person," Tucker said.

During a search of the home, police found numerous items taken in the burglaries, but say they are still looking for several weapons.

Tucker says he doesn't have those.

"You can't charge me for something that I don't have. You can't make me say I have something that I don't have. I'm not new to the game," Tucker said.

Tucker is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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