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Public's help needed in 'Monkey Burglar' search

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Charles Painter Spear (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Charles Painter Spear (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Police need help from the public in finding two suspects in a series of burglaries dating back to December 2012.

Police departments in Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana and the Pima County Sheriff's Department continue to search for the two suspects, dubbed "the monkey burglar" and his side-kick, who have allegedly robbed many local businesses. All four police agencies combined have encountered at least 60 monkey burglar cases.

All of the incidents show similarities: a rock is thrown through the glass front door of a business window, usually in a professional plaza. When the suspect is inside the building, he jumps the counter or front desk and takes cash and other valuables from drawers and desks in the lobby area.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has dealt with 24 cases alone, with damage costs estimated to range between $12,000 and $15,000.

The Sheriff's Burglary Unit has identified two potential suspects to the incidents, based off of evidence recovered at the crime scenes. The first is Charles Painter Spear, 38. Detectives have an arrest warrant for him. Police note that Spear is recognizable by a facial mask that he wears to cover a disfigurement. Tucson News Now has also confirmed that Spear is a former chiropractor.

The second suspect is shown in the attached video at a dental office.

Police cannot tie the two suspects together at the same crime scene.

Anyone with information on either person is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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