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PCSD needs to ID a thief who is breaking into vehicles carrying a gun

TUCSON – An armed man was caught on camera burglarizing a car in April. Pima County Sheriff’s Department is concerned about the public’s safety.

It happened in the driveway of a residence in the 5900 block of N. Campbell Ave. on April 29 at 5 a.m.

Detectives said the vehicle was unlocked, and at any given point the homeowner could have come out to go to work or go for a walk and confront the man going through the vehicle. They said that would have been a very dangerous situation.

That is why they are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.

The video was shared on social media that is where Sheri Barker saw it. She told News 4 Tucson she immediately recognized the man going through her neighborhood as well. She said she saw him twice, once as he was walking, the other time he was riding a bicycle.

She added they have had a huge uptick in thefts, including car break-ins. She said just recently she came home from the grocery store, went into her house to put up the groceries returned to her car and two bags of groceries were missing.

This suspect bears a strong resemblance to a burglary suspect News 4 Tucson profiled in April.

That suspect broke into a cabin that was under construction on Mt. Lemmon. He was also caught on surveillance cameras.

Deputy Dan Jelineo said, they have looked at the videos from both incidents and says there are similarities between the individuals. He added it is possible it’s the same suspect.

They also warn people if they see him not to approach him because he is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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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