Technology, alert residents help nab 3 for home burglaries

From left is Roger Duarte, Melanie Castro and Gilberto Acosta-Valenzuela (submitted photos)

From left is Roger Duarte, Melanie Castro and Gilberto Acosta-Valenzuela (submitted photos)

The Paradise Valley Police Department, in partnership with the Phoenix Police Department, arrested three suspects connected to a number of burglaries.

On April 26 a residential burglary was reported in the 6500 block of Lost Dutchman. Home surveillance video showed three subjects had walked into an open garage and removed property from within and then stowed it into the back of a Ford pickup truck, according to police officials.

Alert citizens observed the suspicious activity and were able to capture the license plate of the vehicle.

License plate reader data confirmed the presence of this vehicle and detectives quickly began their investigation which led to the vehicle being in the Sunnyslope area of Phoenix.

When the vehicle was contacted, several pieces of property were located within it which was tied to a residential burglary in Phoenix, police stated. The suspects were not located at that time.

A joint investigation was initiated between Phoenix Police Department’s Desert Horizon precinct Burglary Reduction Unit as part of the 63X neighborhood Enforcement Squad and Paradise Valley’s Criminal Investigations Unit which resulted in the identification of the suspects.

These suspects were located and interviewed during which each admitted their roles in the burglaries. Each was booked into MCSO Jail with the appropriate charges including burglary in the second degree, police stated.

The three suspects arrested are Gilberto Acosta-Valenzuela, 21, Roger Duarte, 20, and Melanie Castro, 35.

As a result of high definition home surveillance, alert citizens, license plate reader technology and a productive partnership between law enforcement agencies, several burglaries were cleared with the identification and arrest of these three individuals.

The Paradise Valley case is also a great reminder of how important it is to close your garage doors any time you are not present.

“This was a case of opportunity, as many are, and we are asking all homeowners to remove those opportunities for thieves who seize the opportunity to take items that don’t belong to them,” stated the report released by Paradise Valley police officials.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crimes in Paradise Valley are urged to call the police department crime stopper at 480-948-7410.

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