Man charged with burglary and theft for breaking into motel vending machines

Contributor Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Cedric Arrellin, 23, has been charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage in connection with the break-in to the Economy Inn laundry vending machines.

By Jon Johnson

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SAFFORD — A man who allegedly stole change from motel vending machines faces felony charges and steep fines and costs, including restitution.

Cedric Raymond Arrellin, 23, of Safford, was identified as a suspect after the hostel’s cleaning service located metal parts in his room.

According to a Safford Police report, a manager at the Economy Inn at 225 EUS Highway 70 reported damage to the inn’s washers and dryers on April 18. The manager indicated that it would cost about $300 to replace the slot machines.

The manager also informed the officer that Arrellin had been seen on hostel surveillance cameras going in and out of the restroom without clothes on several occasions.

Arrellin and the woman he was staying with at the hostel had left before the officer arrived, but the couple were later arrested during a traffic stop the following day. At that time, Arrellin allegedly admitted to damaging the machines and stealing the parts. Arrellin later told a Safford officer that he took about $38 from the slot machines.

After a review by the Graham County prosecutor’s office, Arrellin was charged with third degree burglary, theft and criminal damage. In addition to the hostel affair, a wave of vending machine burglaries were reported in Safford and Thatcher. Arrellin has not been charged for these other burglaries.

However, an unrelated detailed complaint was previously filed against Arrellin on April 25 regarding charges of possession of a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia. The charges in that case have been remanded to Graham County Superior Court. Arrellin was also wanted on $500 bond for failing to appear in relation to a disorderly conduct conviction in late 2021.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article featured an incorrect booking photo of another inmate. The error was the result of a mislabeled photograph.

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