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Crime Trackers: Neighbors confront burglar, take cell phone pictures of him

TUCSON – Pima County Sheriff’s Department needs your help in identifying a man who broke into a storage area behind a house in the vicinity near Flowing Wells and Roger.

As it was taking place, neighbors heard the noise. One neighbor said the gentleman who lived in the house had died, so the burglar probably knew the property was vacant.

The neighbors approached the thief and told him to drop the items he had. He did, and they took cell phone pictures of the man. Det. Tyler Rivas said the suspect was described to be in his early 20’s, believed to be Caucasian with dark hair.

The neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous said the thief pleaded with them not to call the police.  He promised to never come back. However, the neighbors said someone returned the following night and burglarized the house.

The neighbor also said he is always on the lookout for others in the neighborhood for potential threats.

“I live here too. That’s part of the rule love thy neighbor,” he said. “If you don’t look out for them they’re not going to look out for you.”

Det. Ruiz, who works in the burglary unit, said the men who confronted the thief are lucky because people who do burglaries are known to carry weapons. He said they also want to protect themselves in case they are confronted.

He said he does not recommend for people to confront anyone committing a crime.  However, if you are a safe distance and want to take pictures or video please do.  He said it does help in their investigation and it could help solve the crime.

Tawneey Larkin has lived in the area for over 20 years. She said it used to be a quiet neighborhood, but recently they have had a rash of burglaries and vandalism on vehicles.

She installed security cameras, put in an alarm system, had multiple padlocks on the doors, got a dog and had her boyfriend move in. She wanted to make sure she and her children are safe. She also said there was a time she wanted to leave the neighborhood.

If you recognize the man or the tattoos of brass knuckles, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.
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