Shoplifter at Surprise Target faces extradition to Nebraska for outstanding warrant

Photo by City of Surprise

By Chris Caraveo
Independent Newsmedia

An El Mirage man faces extradition to Nebraska after police arrested him and found out he is a fugitive of justice from that state.

Gregory Spotanski (MCSO)

According to records, 38-year-old Gregory Spotanski was located by the Surprise Police Department during a shoplifting incident Tuesday at the Target near Bell and Litchfield roads.

A store employee directed responding police to a male subject leaving the store.

Police detained the man, since identified as Mr. Spotanski.

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An employee had witnessed Mr. Spotanski placing a GPS Garmin in his pants and walk out without paying.

Video surveillance showed Mr. Spotanski exiting the store and entering a silver vehicle parked in front.

He was in the vehicle for a few minutes when an officer was informed that Mr. Spotanski had a fugitive of justice warrant out of Nebraska. The officer then arrested Mr. Spotanski for the warrant and shoplifting incident.

Police recovered the stolen item inside the vehicle, which was registered to Mr. Spotanski’s wife. Court documents showed he had only lived at his El Mirage residence with his wife for 21 days.

He is expected to be extradited back to Nebraska.

According to a Nebraska news outlet, the Merrick County Sheriff’s Office had been trying to locate Mr. Spotanski since November.

He had previously been found guilty in a felony theft case.

According to the article, authorities had located a stolen camper and skid-steer at Mr. Spotanski’s residence in 2016. He was sentenced to probation in that case.

A 2015 article by the York News-Times, also in Nebraska, reports Mr. Spotanski had deceived a company into believing he had the authority to charge more than $17,000 worth of concrete to another company where he used to work. He allegedly paid his former employer $4,000 while keeping the other $13,452.

This story first appeared in the Daily News-Sun April 13 edition, page 4. Read more at

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