Paradise Valley police arrest 2 suspected of recent vehicle burglaries

The Paradise Valley Police Department has announced the arrest of two suspects who could be attached to several recent unsolved burglaries in the area, police officials say.

Albert Cruz

Albert Cruz

Paradise Valley police responded to a call at about 3 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10 in the 7000 block of E. Caballo Circle during a possible vehicle burglary in progress, according to a press release. Responding officers located a vehicle matching the description supplied by the caller in the immediate area and conducted a traffic stop.

Officers identified two individuals, Albert Cruz and Tina Byron, in the vehicle while another officer went to the area of the possible burglary, the release states.

There the caller pointed out a vehicle he had seen in his neighbor’s driveway that had the interior light on, police officials say. The owner of the vehicle was located at the residence and, after looking at the vehicle, indicated that someone had removed all of the glove compartment contents and strewn them about the vehicle.

Tina Byron

Tina Byron

Another vehicle in the same driveway was found in the same condition and a small amount of currency was noted as missing. No damage was done to either vehicle so it is believed that they were both left unlocked.

Upon police questioning, the vehicle occupants admitted they had been in the area committing vehicle burglaries along with another individual who had fled prior to the traffic stop. Both suspects were taken into custody and later booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of two counts each of burglary, conspiracy and facilitation, the release states.

“A search warrant was executed on the vehicle and numerous items were located inside that we believe may be proceeds of other burglaries, specifically 2 small statues, however no other victims have called to report any crimes or missing items,” said Paradise Valley Police Lt. Michael Horn.

Lt. Horn is asking Paradise Valley residents to check your property and contact the department at 480-948-7410 if you believe you may be the victim of a theft or burglary.

The case has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Unit who will seek out further victims as well as the third suspect still at large.

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.

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