Suspect arrested in NW-side burglaries

2013-07-14T00:00:00Z 2013-07-16T12:49:52Z Suspect arrested in NW-side burglariesKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Sheriff's detectives have arrested a man suspected of burglarizing at least two homes, and they are looking for others who may have been victimized by him.

Samuel J. Searles, 29, was arrested Thursday on two counts of burglary, Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, a spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, said in a news release.

Searles is suspected in two burglaries on the northwest side.

On the morning of July 1, deputies were called to a home in the 6600 block of North Montebella Road between West Orange Grove and West Ina roads in reference to a burglary.

The residents later found that a bank card was taken out of a wallet located in their vehicle in the garage, Bañuelos said.

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

Just before 9 a.m. on July 5, deputies were called to a home in the 600 block of West Paseo Norteño between West Magee and West Hardy roads regarding another burglary.

A man had seen a stranger running out of a neighbors' house and into the desert.

"The victim stated that he was in the backyard watering his plants and never noticed anyone in his house.

"He immediately went through his house and noticed his wallet was taken and later received a call from his bank about possible fraudulent charges on his account," Bañuelos said.

Detectives are trying to identify others who may have been victimized. Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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