Suspected serial burglar charged with 27 felonies

Richard Thomas Houseman (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Richard Thomas Houseman (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A series of burglaries with similar robbery patterns has directed the Pima County Sheriff's Department Foothills District to a suspect who has now been charged with 27 felonies.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, an incident on January 10 in the 5000 block of N. Oracle Road launched the investigation.

Detectives from the Pima County Sheriff's Department, Oro Valley Police Department and Marana Police Department investigated for three months and determined that northwest side businesses were the target, all with similar methods of forced entry.

The thefts totaled more than $5,000, with an additional $5,000 in damages.

The investigation started to turn to a close when a suspicious person was reported near Oracle Road and Pusch View Lane on April 17. The Oro Valley Police Department responded to the scene when they received an alarm notification from a nearby business. Officers then discovered that two businesses had been broken into and robbed.

Police then spotted a man on a bicycle who matched the description of the suspect. Upon further investigation, he was found in possession of burglary tools and items taken from the businesses.

Richard Thomas Houseman was identified as the suspect. He was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on two counts of burglary in the third degree and one count of possession of burglary tools.

Information on the case was distributed to other agencies and police learned that Houseman was linked to 25 other cases. DNA has shown his suspected involvement in multiple northwest side burglaries.

Police say Houseman has since been charged with 27 felonies.

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