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Nov 16, 2012 1:23 PM

2 arrested for multiple burglaries in San Tan Valley

TUCSON - Two burglary suspects were arrested in San Tan Valley this week - Pinal County Sheriff's officials believe them to be responsible for numerous burglaries in the area.

During the past few months, several burglaries have been reported throughout San Tan Valley; victims reported items missing such as credit cards, cameras, video games, computers, checkbooks, cell phones, prescription medications, jewelry and other items, according to a news release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives obtained surveillance video at various gas stations of two suspects allegedly caught on camera using several of the credit cards there were reported stolen, the release states.

On November 13, Property Crime Detectives served a search warrant at the 4300 block of East Sandwick Drive in San Tan Valley, the release states. Kimberly Padilla, 28, and 25-year-old Joshua Romero were taken into custody, and $5,000 worth of property stolen from recent burglaries was found inside the home.

Padilla refused to speak with detectives when confronted about the crimes, and when Romero was asked how stolen property wound up in their home, he said: "I don't know maybe you put it there." He then refused to answer any further questions, according to the news release.

Padilla and Romero were each booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Possession of Prescription Medication.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Even the safest neighborhoods can be vulnerable to home break-ins. A residential burglary is a serious crime due to the financial and material losses to victims and because of the emotional toll it takes on victims knowing their residences have been gone through by unknown suspects. I am proud of the work completed by everybody on this case who helped to put Padilla and Romero behind bars where they belong. We have already began the process of returning the stolen property to the victims of these crimes."

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