Suspected bandit in surgeon's mask nabbed; monkey-man accomplice still sought

2013-03-16T16:42:00Z 2013-03-21T09:57:24Z Suspected bandit in surgeon's mask nabbed; monkey-man accomplice still soughtArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 16, 2013 4:42 pm  • 

Deputies have arrested one man in a string of burglaries, but they are still searching for his accomplice.

Charles Painter Spear, 38, who wears a surgeon’s-style mask to cover a severe facial disfigurement, was arrested Friday night, said Deputy Tom Peine, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

Spear and another man have burglarized multiple businesses in Marana, Oro Valley and in Tucson since December, Peine said. After throwing a rock through a front glass door, they would rummage through desks and drawers, taking cash and valuables.

Spear’s accomplice, who has not been identified, prefers to vault over desks, counters and low, swinging doors rather than going around or through them, Peine said.

Anyone with information about the burglaries or the suspects should call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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