Vigilant homeowners lead to arrest of Tucson burglary suspects

2013-12-04T13:52:00Z 2013-12-04T13:54:19Z Vigilant homeowners lead to arrest of Tucson burglary suspectsKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
December 04, 2013 1:52 pm  • 

Two Tucson burglary suspects were arrested last week because of two vigilant homeowners.

A woman living on the south side near Interstate 10 and South Craycroft Road was home alone when she saw an SUV pull up. A man she didn’t recognize rang her doorbell. Because she didn’t know him, she didn’t answer, Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday in a news release.

After the man drove away, the homeowner left to run an errand.

“While driving, she saw the same vehicle that was at her house with the same male and a female in the passenger seat,” Rodriguez said. “She obtained the license plate number for the vehicle. When the victim returned home, she found that her home had been burglarized and several personal items were missing.”

Burglary detectives “found surveillance video from a neighbor’s home that showed the suspect vehicle and suspects returning to the victim’s home shortly after she left to run an errand. With surveillance video footage and the victim’s description of the suspects, detectives were able to identify both suspects,” Rodriguez said.

Jorge Montijo, 32, and Erika Vargas, 26, they were arrested Nov. 27 and each was charged with burglary in the second degree.

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