Pima County Sheriff's deputies say they caught a cornered criminal who tried to dig his way out of trouble when his back was against the wall.
The bust happened at The Best Western off Oracle Road in Oro Valley. Adam Lohse is now facing a laundry list of charges including burglary, operating a chop shop and forgery after a bizarre take down.
Lohse tried digging his way out of the room through a wall and even the ceiling. But he wasn't able to get too far. When deputies got inside the room, they found jewelry, credit cards and other valuables that didn't belong to him.
They connected him to several other burglaries, pus other departments had been after him for some time. And just this week a grand jury indicted him on 18 charges.
This all started when deputies received a tip that Lohse was staying at the hotel. Lohse's girlfriend came to the door and said he was in there and then shut the door.
Deputies arrested her but the charges were dropped. Detectives say this sort of case is a first.
"I don't know what he was thinking. If he was going to be able to get into the next room. And then make his way out. The place was completely surrounded with officers. And deputies. So, either way he was going to wait a long time in the other room and uh deputies were going to figure out he was there either way," said Det. Jesus Banuelos, with the Pima County Sheriff's department.
Lohse has a criminal history for DUI, drugs and fleeing police.
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