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Broken windows & beaten pets; Burglary ring shakes west side neighborhood

Maggie Vespa

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Broken windows & beaten pets; Burglary ring shakes west side neighborhood

CREATED Oct. 2, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Busted windows, ransacked homes and a beaten family dog are all signs of a west-side burglary ring that, police say, must be stopped.

The bars had only been off his window for a few days.
 
"They had actually broken the glass," said Matthew Aquino.
 
When his roommate came home early Sunday afternoon, he found a shattered back window and a shaken dog.
 
"There was a rock inside," said Aquino.
 
"They hit her with a rock?" asked 9OYS reporter Maggie Vespa.
 
"Yeah," he responded.
 
"He went to a bedroom and it was just completely flipped upside down," said Aquino.  "All our papers were out all our personal belongings were gone."
 
That including TV's, cell phones, laptops, even liquor from their freezer.
 
What's more, says Aquino-- the house had only been empty for two hours, meaning someone was watching.
 
"They just stuck their hand through and opened the lock," said Amy Grey.
 
Grey is Aquino's neighbor.
 
She says a burglar broke into her house.  Again they entered through a back window, in broad daylight, amid a tight timeframe.
 
 
"Somewhere between 9:30 and 11:30," she said.  "Yeah, I could have easily run into them because I come home at lunchtime.  What do you do?"
 
That's a question asked across the area.
 
In the last month neighbors say seven homes have fallen victim to these brazen burglaries.
 
All of them were daytime jobs.
 
"A majority of our burglaries in Tucson happen during the day," said Sergeant Chris Widmer.
 
Tucson police say too many have a false sense of security during the day, thinking locked doors and windows are enough.
 
"What we would ask of the community is to watch over your neighbors homes, have your neighbors watch over your homes, get to know your neighbors," he said.
 
It's a point that hits home for Aquino, Grey and their neighbors as they wonder, who's next?
 
Aquino did provide tpd with one important detail.  He reported spotting a suspicious car in the area.
 
It was a maroon, Pontiac Grand Am with dark windows and chrome rims.
 
License plate ARN7775.
 
Anyone with information is asked to dial 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.
 

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