Police arrest "Day time Burglar" suspect

Samuel Searles
Samuel Searles

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Sheriff's detectives arrested the suspected "Daytime Burglar" Thursday, whom police say may be connected to two separate robbery incidents.

The first reported incident happened on July 1 in the 6600 block of N. Montebella Road, just after 11:15 a.m. A man was working in his yard when he was approached by the suspect, who reportedly asked for directions to a nearby location. After receiving information, the suspect left on foot.

Shortly after, the man's wife came outside and asked him if he let the suspect use their restroom. They became suspicious and searched their home. They later discovered a bank card was taken from a wallet in their vehicle in the garage.

The man checked his bank account and noticed fraudulent charges.

The second incident was reported just before 9 a.m. on July 5. A man saw the suspect run from his neighbor's house in 600 block of W. Paseo Norteno Road and into the nearby desert.

He called police and Foothills District deputies responded to the scene.

The witness called his neighbor immediately. The victim said he was watering his plants in his backyard at the time of the incident and did not notice any suspicious activity. He then searched his house and noticed his wallet was gone. His bank called him later regarding possible fraudulent charges on his account.

Sheriff's burglary unit detectives investigated several leads and utilized the assistance of the victim's banks to discover both incidents involved the same suspect. They located 29-year-old Samuel Searles on July 11 and he was arrested on two counts of burglary.

Anyone who may be aware of other victims is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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