"A no good, worthless, lazy bum": Neighbors relieved after Christmas crook caught
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CREATED Dec. 28, 2012
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A Christmas Eve crook is now behind bars.
"It was like you no good, worthless lazy bums," said Leona Lovess.
Lovess is one of the people the crook ripped off on Christmas Eve. She came home Monday night to a shattered back window.
"And I said what? You got to be kidding," she said.
But this was no joke. Michael Francis, one of her neighbors broke in and snatched everything from under her tree.
"I was angry, I was very angry," she said.
She was the second victim in just a matter of hours in this northwest side neighborhood near Ruthrauff and I-10.
9OYS reporter Marcelino Benito asked Pima County Sheriff's deputies about this suspect's behavior. Deputy Tom Peine replied, "I'd call it relentless, that's for sure. Disrespectful to say the least."
Deputies took Francis in last night, but Friday afternoon they were in search of evidence at a nearby home. 9OYS cameras were there as detectives combed through a trailer looking for more stolen property, gifts and belongings that Lovess wants back.
"They were all wrapped," she said. "I know there was a lot of money there."
Some of her things have already been returned and that's thanks to deputies and the other victim in this Christmas crime who just happened to see the crook as he was driving home. Peine tells KGUN9 that the victim reported that as he returned to his residence, he witnesses a suspicious man wearing a hoody, walking down the street and carrying bags. The victim said he recognized the bags as his property and decided to follow the suspicious man to a nearby residential area. The victim then reported the activity to the Sheriff's Department.
"I would call that very lucky," Peine said. "We have those incidents where luck is on the side of the victim and fortunately that was the case in this investigation."
Deputies obtained a search warrant and served it to Frances' residence, according to Peine.
During the search of Frances' home, deputies discovered a variety of the victim's stolen items, including electronics, jewelry and more.
Stolen property related to a second burglary, which was reported within hours of the initial burglary incident, was also recovered and returned to the reporting victim.
Michael Francis was taken into custody and charged with first-degree burglary. The investigation is still ongoing.