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MESA, Ariz. -- A former employee for an east Mesa auto parts store is accused of stealing more than $7,000 worth of items.

Authorities said 24-year-old Dayvonne J. Brunson is accused of taking 46 parts from the Autozone store during a three-month period.

Store theft-loss prevention personnel discovered the thefts through a computerized system that tracks parts that are taken from one store for delivery to another.

Authorities said Brunson was confronted by store personnel on Feb. 27, but he quit his job and fled before police arrived.

Police eventually tracked him to his home in Mesa.

The Arizona Republic reported Brunson told police he stole the items and sold some to friends because he was going through financial hardship.

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