January Paradise Valley residential burglary suspect arrested

On Jan. 28, Paradise Valley Officers responded to a residential burglary in the 7800 block of N. Mohave Road.

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 2.06.08 PMThe victim had reported that a television, statues and a slot machine had been removed from the home. Officers also noted that the offender(s) had tampered with the outside air conditioning units.

Several evidentiary items were located at the scene and collected by responding officers and later submitted to the Scottsdale Crime Lab for analysis, according to a press release.

In April of this year, Paradise Valley Detectives received a lab report from Scottsdale Crime Lab indicating they had located DNA on one of the items submitted. That DNA sample was compared to those in Arizona’s DNA indexing system and a match was received, according to the release. With this information, detectives identified Andrew L. Swartz as a suspect.

They also learned that Mr. Swartz had pawned a television eight days after the reported burglary. A court order was then obtained ordering Mr. Swartz submit to another DNA sample and this order was served on May 19.

An interview was then conducted during which Mr. Swartz admitted to his role in the residential burglary on Mohave Road and confirmed that the television he pawned was the one he removed from the Mohave Road residence, according to the release.

Detectives released Mr. Swartz and continued their investigation until May 22 when they took Mr. Swartz into custody in the 9400 block of E. Riviera in Scottsdale. While taking him into custody, they located suspected narcotics and illegal drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Swartz was processed and booked into Maricopa County Sheriff’s 4th Avenue Jail and is currently being held on a $5,000 cash bond on charges of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Trafficking in Stolen Property and Possession of Narcotics and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, all felonies.

If you have any information about this crime or any other crimes in Paradise Valley please call the police department crime stopper at 480-948-7410.

For a home security survey or tips on how to make your home safer, please contact Community Resource Officer Kevin Albert at KAlbert@ParadiseValleyAZ.gov .

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