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Tucson home broken into ten times; TPD makes arrest

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Tucson home broken into ten times; TPD makes arrest

CREATED Nov 28, 2012

Reporter: Maggie Vespa

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An eastside home is broken into ten times since August.

Even worse, pleas to police were getting them nowhere.  So they came to 9OYS, asking for help, and we brought their story to you.
 
Your response was overwhelming, and now it's all paying off. 
 
Early Wednesday morning Bob Davis and his wife watched, their live streaming surveillance video as another man ransacked his shed.
 
They called 911, and within minutes police had their man in handcuff: 32 year-old Jeramiah Duke.  
 
Davis says detectives don't believe Duke is responsible for all the previous burglaries, but he calls it a huge step in the right direction.
 
Meantime he says while it's been a long, frightening ordeal, it's one that has taught him many lessons, about the importance of being vigilant, once you've been victimized.
 
"It's extremely difficult to know that you're leaving your possessions in somebody else's authority, but it's what we've got to do.">
 
And now, he's passing all that knowledge on to you.  First, Davis says when it comes to your valuables, know what you have.
 
"I mean there's stuff that's been stolen, that we just can't keep track of.  So I guess, record keeping.  Keep track of what you've got.  Photograph it," he said.
 
Next, look out for those near you.
 
"We've tried to get our neighbors involved, get our neighborhood involved."
 
And if and when an emergency strikes, be ready to listen.
 
"When you do have to call 911, follow their direction."
 
In particular it's that last part, authorities say, as Davis watched this most recent robbery take place on his own security system, that helped police zero in.
 
"They're able to relay to us in real time, exactly what's going on at their house," said Sergeant Maria Hawke.
 
She adds when reporting a crime in progress, details are key.
 
"Vehicles, people description, what exactly they are doing, if you see any weapons, and don't feel at all like you have to get involved," she said.  "Let us do that."
 
Advice Davis hopes provides security and comfort, feelings his family is working to restore.
 
"In our own community, our neighborhood, that we should feel safe in, we don't."
 
Davis also slipped in some subtle advice about the nuances of getting police to respond quickly.
 
He says avoid using phrases like "I think someone is in the house", or "there might be a burglary going on."
 
Instead he says be blunt and firm, using a phrase like "There is a burglary in progress."  
 
Let police figure out the rest.