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KGUN9 Investigates: Brazen Burglaries
Reporter: Jennifer Waddell
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - More than a dozen burglaries in one square mile area. Several reels of home surveillance video. Pima County deputies hot on the trail of crooks.
KGUN9 viewers contacted us worried about the safety of their normally quite neighborhood. In the past 10 months, homeowners have reported 14 break-ins and burglaries.
We started our investigation when Carole Deangeli contacted us via email to share some home surveillance video from a neighbor's house that showed two people breaking in. Carole is the neighborhood watch leader for the Oracle Foothills neighborhood. The homeowner in that case, Greg Smith.
When I interviewed Greg, he said, "I'd like to see my video played on your station and I'd like the public to help find out who those people are."
Luckily, the man and woman who broke in didn't get away with anything, but Greg and his family still became the victims. Not only did they invade the Smith's personal space, they ripped Greg's surveillance camera right off the wall.
Brazen is how Deangeli describes it, "It was a Sunday afternoon and they pulled into a circular driveway which is close to the street and so anybody could see them there, it was so brazen, yeah, very much so."
In addition to Greg's surveillance video, another homeowner in that same area captured two other people breaking into his home. He mounted a wildlife camera outside of his home and caught the whole thing on tape.
I went straight to the Pima county Sheriff's Office to see what's being done to break up whatever is going on in the neighborhood.
The good news: they've arrested three people. Two of them were the man and woman seen in the wildlife camera surveillance; Courtney Bailey and Adam Baca. The third person arrested was driving a stolen vehicle seen in Greg's surveillance video. That woman, Ginamarie Swan, has not been officially connected to the burglaries.
The neighbors near 1st and River are doing everything right when it comes to safety, according to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. He told me they have a good neighborhood watch in addition to security and surveillance systems.
There is one thing, though, that they and everyone else needs to do, "If you see something suspicious, call 911." I asked Sheriff Dupnik to clarify and he insisted that they want everyone to call 911 even if they think they see someone or something out of the ordinary. A quick call can help deputies establish patterns which can help them solve these crimes more quickly.
Deputies are still working to solve Greg's case and so are we. If you have any information, call 911 or 88-crime.
And remember, this story came to us as a result of a viewer asking us to investigate. You can do the same anytime. You ask, we investigate.