Tucson police seek help finding woman who steals Hondas

2013-04-13T00:00:00Z 2013-04-13T17:09:32Z Tucson police seek help finding woman who steals HondasKimberly Matas Alexis Huicochea Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Police seek help finding woman who steals Hondas

Tucson police are looking for a woman they describe as a serial car thief.

Friday the department released a photo taken by a traffic camera of the woman they suspect is responsible for "numerous auto thefts," Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release. The photo was taken on Jan. 26, about 20 minutes after the car was reported stolen.

The thief targets 1990s model Honda passenger cars.

The woman is described as 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing between 95 and 115 pounds. She has blond or brown hair.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect should call 911 or 99-CRIME.

Kimberly Matas

49-year-old motorcyclist dies after east side crash

A motorcyclist involved in a Thursday morning crash died at a hospital.

Christopher Buck, 49, was riding a 1988 Honda motorcycle west in the left lane on East Tanque Verde Road at North Paso Rancho Esparanza about 11:45 a.m., Sgt. Chris Widmer, spokesman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release.

At the same time, a 2002 Subaru sedan, driven by a 42-year-old man, was traveling east on Tanque Verde Road and made a northbound turn toward Paseo Rancho Esparanza in front of Buck. The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the sedan.

No citations were issued at the scene because the investigation is ongoing, Widmer said.

Kimberly Matas

Police: Strip-club worker sold cocaine to customers

Police are investigating workers at a Tucson strip club after receiving a tip that employees were selling cocaine to customers.

Brian Tyra, a 36-year-old doorman at Club Turbulence was arrested and booked into the Pima County jail Friday - four months after the investigation began, said Sgt. Chris Widmer in a news release.

Tyra is facing three counts of unlawful possession of a narcotic drug for sale.

A search warrant was served at the club near Tucson International Airport at 6608 S. Tucson Blvd., Thursday with the assistance of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

The investigation is ongoing and more employee arrests are expected, Widmer said.

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses is looking at possibly shutting the club down.

Alexis Huicochea

4 arrested in home invasion; woman was tied up, robbed

Two men police say tied up a woman during a home invasion robbery Wednesday were arrested the same day along with two accomplices.

Alec Diaz-DeLeon, 22, who was armed with a handgun, and Dillon Weber, 21, broke into a woman's apartment in the 6200 Block of South Campbell Avenue late Wednesday morning, tied her up and ransacked her home, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said in a news release. The woman was unhurt.

During the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine the whereabouts of the men after they left the apartment complex. They found two men in the parking lot of a motel in the 800 block of East Benson Highway, Hawke said. Another two were found in a motel room. Property belonging to the victim was found on the men, in the motel room and in a blue Mercury station wagon. Police also found firearms, narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia. All four men were booked into the Pima County jail.

Diaz-DeLeon and Weber are facing one count each of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

Andrew Valenzuela, 26, who is suspected of driving Diaz-DeLeon and Weber to the apartment complex knowing what they were planning, is facing one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and trafficking in stolen property.

Adrian Bradford, 29, who is suspected of taking property in payment of a debt knowing it was stolen in an April 10, 2013 Tucson home invasion, is facing a charge of trafficking in stolen property.

All charges are felonies.

Kimberly Matas

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