Search continues for east-side burglary suspects - Tucson News Now

Search continues for east-side burglary suspects

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

We've been showing you their faces now for the last week: four individuals suspected of at least five burglaries on Tucson's east side. 

As of Tuesday afternoon, that number is up to at least eight burglaries and growing -- which is why Tucson Police Department is asking for the public's help.

Late last week we learned that one of these suspects, 20 year old Bianca Martinez, was identified and arrested by Tucson Police.

However, each of the remaining suspects is still on the loose.

Authorities have a pretty good idea who they are, but they're still trying to track them down.

That's where you can help.

"We are hoping that there's citizens out there who are familiar with where these individuals might be and will be able to help us guide us in the right direction," says Tucson Police Sgt. Maria Hawke.

Dating back to mid October, police say they've burglarized at least eight homes on Tucson's east side.

Because this appears to be their comfort zone, there's a good chance they live somewhere in this area as well.

Each of the burglaries happens during the day, police say, when unsuspecting victims are at work.

Bad news to concerned residents like Mike Lizarraga.

"Very concerning, my kids are home sometimes during the day by themselves.   It's concerning," says the east-side father of three.

The suspects were photographed at local pawn shops in some cases, just hours after the burglaries occurred.

That's what alerted TPD in the first place.

Because many of the stolen items immediately showed up in a legally-mandated, pawn shop data base.

"Seeing their photographs again may trigger somebody's memory as to I saw them at the apartment complex or I recognize them as living down the street," Det. Hawke suggests, hoping that the suspect pictures seem familiar to the people.

Mike Lizarraga didn't even realize several of the burglarized homes were just down the street from his house

From this day forward he'll be on the lookout.

"I look out for people across my street and next door -- I hope they do the same," he says.

If you have any information about these suspects, call 911 or 88 CRIME, the Pima County Attorney's anonymous tip line.

A reward up to $1,000 will go the person whose tip leads to an arrest in these unsolved cases.

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