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Authorities arrest four suspects in connection with Arizona theft ring

Posted at 12:48 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 19:33:45-04

UPDATE: Authorities arrested four suspects in connection with a theft ring in Arizona. Police arrested 37-year-old Jacob Blatchford (3rd Degree Burglary/Bestiality), 64-year-old Robert O'Neill (Grand Theft Auto), 37-year-old Bryan O'Neill (3rd Degree Burglary), and 61-year-old George Garcia (Weapons Misconduct).

The investigation is on-going.

Authorities have made at least 3 arrests following raids to break up what they call an "on going criminal enterprise."

Tucson Police officers and Pima County Sheriff's deputies poured through a manufactured home hidden behind palo verde trees along a rough stretch of Rincon Ranch Road.

Tucson Police Capt. Justin Lane says officers and deputies made one arrest at the Vail home and made two others at other locations in Tucson Tuesday.  

Lane says the suspects stole machinery and other property from businesses, primarily construction sites, over the past 18 months.  Lane says the total value of the stolen property ranges in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  He says based on what the suspects are believed to have stolen they likely they have a great deal of familiarity with heavy machinery.

He says the suspects didn't target homes or individuals.  

Lane added it is possible the suspects also committed crimes in Michigan, Ohio, and New Mexico.