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PD: 3rd arrest made in Phoenix smoke shop murder

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Lorenzo Garcia, 24. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Lorenzo Garcia, 24. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Alex Garcia, 18 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Alex Garcia, 18 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Jesse Mesa, 21 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Jesse Mesa, 21 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Officers said they extinguished a small fire and then saw the man's body. (Source: CBS 5 News) Officers said they extinguished a small fire and then saw the man's body. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police said they have made a third arrest in connection with the homicide and robbery of a Phoenix smoke shop in April.

Lorenzo Garcia, 24, was arrested Tuesday and booked into jail on charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery, Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes said.

Police on May 2 arrested two brothers in connection with the homicide of Kadhim Al-Taee and robbery at Smoke N' Pipe shop at 502 W. Indian School Rd. on April 29.

Jesse Mesa, 21, and Alex Garcia, 18, were booked into jail for first-degree murder, armed robbery, auto theft and arson.

A search warrant was issued on May 2 at the brother's home in the 4800 block of North 15th Avenue and evidence of the crime was found, Holmes said.

Holmes said a 2004 golf Cadillac Escalade belonging to Al-Taee and missing since the robbery was found in Peoria on Monday.

Garcia reportedly admitted to having shot the store owner and said Mesa and a third man also shot him. 

Mesa denied involvement, but three separate sources told police the brothers had been bragging about it.

The body of Al-Taee was found inside the smoke shop after police officers extinguished a small fire. He was an employee at the shop, Holmes said.

Holmes said a 911 caller reported a commercial burglary at the business at about 10 a.m. When officers arrived, Holmes said they found the doors unlocked, the business ransacked and a fire that had apparently been set.

"There are indications of trauma to the victim," Holmes said. "That's why we have homicide detectives out."

Arson investigators were also called to the scene.

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