Man arrested for two northwest side residential burglaries

2013-07-11T16:50:00Z 2013-07-12T15:57:47Z Man arrested for two northwest side residential burglariesCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 4:50 pm  • 

A man was arrested Thursday in connection to two residential burglaries on Tucson's northwest side.

Samuel Searles, 29, is facing two counts of burglary for the theft of bank cards and was booked into the Pima County jail, said Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Both burglaries were committed in a neighborhood north of West Orange Grove Road and west of North La Cañada Drive.

On July 1 shortly before 11:30 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a house in the 6600 block of North Montebella Road in reference to a burglary, Bañuelos said.

A couple told deputies that a man had stopped to ask for directions, and then asked to use their bathroom. Later they found out that a bank card was missing from a wallet in their vehicle that was parked in the garage.

The victim checked his bank account online and noticed fraudulent charges posted to his account, said Bañuelos.

On July 5 shortly before 9 a.m., deputies went to the 600 block of West Paseo Norteño Road in response to a burglary. A neighbor told the victim that he saw a man come out of his house and the man ran into the desert.

The victim said he was in the backyard watering plants and did not know anyone had entered his house.

The victim went through his house and noticed his wallent was missing. He later received a telephone call from his bank about possible fraudulent charges on his account, said Bañuelos.

During an investigation, burglary detectives found out that both houses were targeted by the same suspect. They worked with the banks of the victims and arrested Searles, Bañuelos said.

Dectectives believe their may be other victims, and ask anyone with information to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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