Suspected Foothills burglar caught after foot chase

2014-04-01T17:28:00Z 2014-04-02T07:46:47Z Suspected Foothills burglar caught after foot chaseArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 01, 2014 5:28 pm  • 

A suspected burglar was caught by deputies Tuesday afternoon in the Foothills thanks in part to a homeowner who saw his house being broken into on his security camera and a sheriff's department dog who tracked the suspect down.

The incident began about 2:15 p.m. in the 4400 block of North Camino Gacela, near East River and North Craycroft roads, where deputies responded to a burglary in progress call.

On their way to the house, deputies learned the homeowner's video surveillance was activated and the homeowner saw video on his cellphone showing a man entering his home. The homeowner provided deputies with a description of the burglar, according to a news release from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

When deputies arrived they blocked in the suspect's vehicle, which was parked in the street. When the suspected burglar returned to his car and saw deputies, he ran away. Deputies lost him after a brief foot chase.

Other units were called in along with a dog unit and a Department of Public Safety helicopter to help with the search, the release said.

A short time later, another 911 caller said a man matching the burglar's description had come to a house near East River Road and North Swan roads and told the homeowner that police were after him. The man was found hiding in some bushes by a department dog named Jack, the department said.

Alan Thieme Jr., 31, is facing burglary charges, the department said.


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