- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Scottsdale police have made more arrests in the looting of the city’s signature mall and recovered designer handbags, sunglasses and other luxury items.

Authorities said Wednesday another eight people have been arrested and more than $46,000 in merchandise from Scottsdale Fashion Square has been found. The total number of arrests is now 20 with more expected.

Hundreds of people overwhelmed the upscale mall Saturday night and caused millions of dollars in theft and vandalism. Numerous protesters demonstrating in Phoenix against the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer have said the looters were not aligned with them.

Detectives have arrested 19-year-old Sky Black and 18-year-old Shemar Cooper. Police say the couple used a Scottsdale vacation rental as a “staging area” before looting the mall. They face charges of burglary and trafficking stolen property.

Three others in the rental who live in Tucson were cited and released on trespassing charges for entering the mall.

The remaining three arrests were for 30-year-old Maurianna Griffin, 21-year-old Robby Galarza and a 17-year-old boy for burglary.

It was not immediately known if any of the suspects had an attorney to comment on their behalf.

Gov. Doug Ducey criticized the city for failing to control the situation. Scottsdale officials say they managed to contain the situation without anyone getting injured.

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