"We've got him on camera." Burglary victim wonders why police didn't pursue his case right away

Craig Smith

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"We've got him on camera." Burglary victim wonders why police didn't pursue his case right away

CREATED Aug. 28, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When a burglary victim caught his burglar on video, he felt he had great evidence but felt Tucson Police were too slow to take on the case.

Police understand his frustration but say there are too many burglaries, and too few police.

The video from Bill Reed's home surveillance system shows a man at the front door.  He's not there for a delivery.  He's there for a pick up---of anything valuable as soon as he breaks in.
He rings the bell to make sure no one's home; checks for hidden keys, and covers his hand when he checks the door so he won't leave any prints.
Like a thorough professional, he checks the backyard too before he breaks in.
Bill Reed says the burglar, or burglars hit his house hard: "It's about 22 thousand dollars total loss."
But they didn't take his video surveillance system and that gave him some hope.

"At some point it's like okay, we've got him on camera maybe we're gonna find this guy."

Reed says he gave police copies of his video, and some stills that give you a good look at the intruder and a good look at his car.  But he's was upset that after almost two weeks, there was no detective assigned to his case when he contacted KGUN9 On Your Side.

Police say Reed's case is caught in some grim arithmetic:  An average of 350 burglaries a month---with six detectives to investigate them plus the backlog of older break-ins still on their plates. 

Sgt. Chris Widmer says a burglary Sergeant was about to review Bill Reed's case when KGUN9 asked about it.  He took a look a little sooner, and decided it was a good choice to assign to a detective.

Sgt. Widmer says, "What people should know is we don't assign cases automatically just because there's a video.  Someone has to review that video and make sure there's something we can actually work with.  If there is, the case is assigned and we work from there."
So now Bill Reed's case has a detective assigned and it's in the pipeline.  We'll let you know if his burglar gets caught.
Police may just get a two-fer out of this one.

Bill Reed looked on the Tucson Police Most Wanted page, and saw a picture of a beer thief who threatened a convenience store clerk.   Reed thinks there's a real resemblance to his burglar, right down to the necklace.  Now police are looking to see if there is a connection.