Jayce Manalo (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Matthew Secrist (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Shanks (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -
A search warrant served on a San Tan Valley home turned up property from eight burglaries, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said.
Some of the stolen items were spread out on the hood of a vehicle parked in a residential driveway that a deputy happened to stumble upon while looking for a burglary suspect.
The sheriff's office got a call around 4:19 a.m. Wednesday that a suspect had stolen a floor jack from a vehicle in the 2800 block of West Allens Peak Drive in San Tan Valley and was headed toward Hunt Highway.
The deputy began looking for the suspect before arriving to meet the victim and while traveling in the 2900 block of Silver Creek Way saw two men sitting in chairs outside the garage area of a home.
The pair was identified as Jayce Manalo, 21, of Florence, and Matthew Secrist, 19, of Florence. The deputy saw vehicle radios, charging cords, wallets and other belongings spread out on the hood of a vehicle.
While the deputy was speaking with Manalo and Secrist, another man, Michael Shanks, 21, of Florence, ran up to them with no shoes on his feet and was out of breath, PCSO said.
The deputy said the man was startled by the presence of law enforcement and explained that he had just run from his home in Florence without shoes on. Florence is about nine miles from the incident location.
Shanks admitted to deputies that he and the other two people had broken into several vehicles during the evening and the items on the hood of the vehicle were taken during the crime.
Manalo, Secrist and Shanks were all taken into custody.
Besides finding property from eight different burglaries, deputies found 33 tablets of pre-packaged Xanax which were individually packaged for sale. Manalo said the drugs were purchased from someone at Arizona State University and were taken to San Tan Valley to sell, PCSO said.
So far, eight victims of the burglaries have identified themselves. Deputies have returned their property to them.
The three suspects were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of burglary, criminal damage, theft, possession of a prescription drug and sale of a prescription drug.
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