Bank theft suspect arrested after he applies for a job with police

A man believed to have stolen $5,000 from a bank is behind bars after he tried to apply for a job with a police department in Arizona.

Alberto Saavedra Lopez, 32, was arrested last week for felony theft after he arrived at the Cottonwood Police Department for a job interview to become a dispatcher, FOX10 Phoenix.

Police said in a statement that Lopez allegedly stole the money at a Bank of America in Cottonwood between July and September of 2016. It was reported in Oct. 2016.

Bank officials suspected Lopez, a former employee.

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Police said Lopez moved to Phoenix after the theft was reported and kept missing appointments with investigators. An arrest warrant was issued, but Lopez avoided police detection for more than a year.

In December, Lopez applied for a dispatch position at the Cottonwood Police Department.

The arrest warrant came to light during a background check.

Officers scheduled an interview at the police station on Jan. 4 and, when Lopez arrived, he was arrested.

As for the dispatch job, police said Lopez is “out of the running.”

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang