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Tucson man busted for Christmas Eve burglaries

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Pima Co. Sheriff's Department raided this home near Ruthrauff and I-10 after arresting a burglary suspect the day before. Pima Co. Sheriff's Department raided this home near Ruthrauff and I-10 after arresting a burglary suspect the day before.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant on the Northwest side after a string of burglaries on Christmas Eve.

"We came home from the grocery store and SWAT was all over... cops... detectives... undercover," said Cora Fossum, who lives in the area.

Armed with a search warrant, Pima County Sheriff's investigators and their SWAT team searched this mobile home looking for clues and more evidence.

Pima County Sheriff's Spokesman, Tom Peine said, "The suspect burglarized at least two homes that we know of, in his own neighborhood on Christmas Eve."

This comes 24 hours after they arrested Michael Francis just next door in his Ruthrauff and I-10 home.

"You can't leave anything unlocked, you can't leave anything not bolted down cause they'll take it," said Fossum. "It seems that everybody in this neighborhood is parasites and it's taking over."

The first victim told deputies he saw Francis walking down the street with his stuff. He ran after him but lost sight. Deputies were able to gather enough evidence that led them to where he lived.

"Burglaries create a web of information that may lead to other suspects or places that need to be searched," said Peine.

The two homes Francis allegedly broke into were less than a mile away. We weren't able to reach any of the victims tonight but neighbors tell us they're on edge.

"It's kind of scary to know that and it makes me want to keep my doors locked," said Jamie Lester.

We've also learned a strange twist, the man police believe is responsible for a murder suicide on the east side involving his ex-girlfriend last week happens to be Francis' brother. Deputies also tell us Francis' mom was arrested yesterday along with her son on a warrant.

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