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Arizona teen arrested at prom: I’m no tuxedo thief

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Laderoot was walking into his high school prom in a designer tuxedo when police officers pulled him aside and began interrogating him about his attire. They had reason to believe the tuxedo was stolen.

Minutes later, the 18-year-old was led away from the dance in a police car on allegations that he broke a window at a northern Arizona store and stole the $600 tuxedo off a mannequin. He denied any theft, saying he bought the formalwear at a yard sale for $100.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Prescott Valley police are gathering more evidence at the request of prosecutors who declined late Tuesday to file charges in the case, Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. Laderoot would not have been arrested if police didn’t believe he was involved in the Friday burglary, Bonney said.

“It’s definitely going to be pursued,” the sergeant said.

Laderoot was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage but posted bond Sunday.

Newly graduated, Laderoot drove friends to the dance Saturday in Jerome, a historic copper mining town about 100 miles north of Phoenix. Police and the store owner were staking out the prom in search of the thief of the three-piece designer tuxedo that had specific markings on the inside, authorities said.

Laderoot said he was walking into the dance looking “cool” when the store owner spotted the tuxedo and police pulled him aside. He told authorities he happened upon the tuxedo at a yard sale Friday. He gave his keys to friends as police led him away.

Laderoot wasn’t able to give the location of the yard sale or say who sold it to him, according to a probable cause statement.

The teenager said he had nothing to do with the burglary but told authorities he was in the area at the time. He also said he had asked about renting the tuxedo on the mannequin when he went to the store with a friend who was renting a suit there.

Police say that incident tipped off the store owner to look for it at a prom. Prescott Valley police called local schools and found out that PACE Academy was holding its dance in Jerome.

The store owner didn’t return messages left by the AP.

Laderoot said the arrest ruined his night and his first prom.

Arizona teen arrested at prom: I’m no tuxedo thief

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A northern Arizona teenager who left his high school prom in a police car said Wednesday that he bought the tuxedo he’s accused of stealing and wearing to the dance at a yard sale.

Kyle Laderoot told The Associated Press that he’s no tuxedo thief and spent $100 for the formalwear he found at the yard sale. The 18-year-old denied breaking a window at a Prescott Valley store and stealing the $600 tuxedo off a mannequin, police said, but he gave authorities conflicting statements.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said, adding that the arrest ruined his first prom, which was held Saturday.

Laderoot was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage but posted bond Sunday. Prosecutors late Tuesday declined to file charges, instead referring the case to Prescott Valley police for further investigation.

Newly graduated, Laderoot went to the dance in the popular tourist town of Jerome and was arrested after the store owner spotted him in the formalwear.

The business owner had gone to the dance with officers, identifying the stolen tuxedo by its color, style and designer label, Prescott Valley police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said Tuesday. Bonney and the store owner didn’t immediately return calls from the AP on Wednesday.

Laderoot said he was walking into the dance with his friends looking “cool” in his tuxedo when police pulled him aside and questioned him about it. He said he told authorities he had been shopping at a yard sale Friday and happened upon the tuxedo.

Prescott Valley police got a call Friday about a burglary at an area store and suspected the tuxedo might be used at a prom. They called local schools and found out that PACE Academy was holding its prom in Jerome, a historic copper mining town about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Police staked out the prom, joined by the store owner.

Arizona teen arrested at prom: I’m no tuxedo thief

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A northern Arizona teenager who left his high school prom in a police car said Wednesday that he bought the tuxedo he’s accused of stealing and wearing to the dance at a yard sale.

Kyle Laderoot told The Associated Press that he’s no tuxedo thief and spent $100 for the formalwear he found at the yard sale. The 18-year-old denied breaking a window at a Prescott Valley store and stealing the $600 tuxedo off a mannequin, police said, but he gave authorities conflicting statements.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said, adding that the arrest ruined his first prom, which was held Saturday.

Laderoot was booked into jail on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage but posted bond Sunday. Prosecutors late Tuesday declined to file charges, instead referring the case to Prescott Valley police for further investigation.

Newly graduated, Laderoot went to the dance in the popular tourist town of Jerome and was arrested after the store owner spotted him in the formalwear.

The business owner had gone to the dance with officers, identifying the stolen tuxedo by its color, style and designer label, Prescott Valley police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said Tuesday. Bonney and the store owner didn’t immediately return calls from the AP on Wednesday.

Laderoot said he was walking into the dance with his friends looking “cool” in his tuxedo when police pulled him aside and questioned him about it. He said he told authorities he had been shopping at a yard sale Friday and happened upon the tuxedo.

Prescott Valley police got a call Friday about a burglary at an area store and suspected the tuxedo might be used at a prom. They called local schools and found out that PACE Academy was holding its prom in Jerome, a historic copper mining town about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Police staked out the prom, joined by the store owner.