Aug 8, 2014 9:50 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - It's a trend that Pima County Sheriff's detectives are seeing more and more of.
Burglars using doggie doors to break into homes. The latest victim lost thousands of dollars in weapons, cash, and checks.
Robert Acuna tells News 4 Crime Trackers, "They took all my hunting rifles, my collection of antique rifles , personal jewelry of my wife who passed. My kids class rings, an autographed basketball by Lute Olson from his last year at the U of A.
The burglars also took his passport, and credit cards that were kept in a 250 lb. gun safe. "They took the whole gun safe and everything."
Detectives say, a man between 30 to 35 years old, 5'10" weighing 220 lbs, and a woman, 25 to 30 years old reportedly used some of Acuna's credit cards on July 11th at a Wal-Mart and Circle K. Burglary detective Hans Goritz said, he's hoping the public will help identify them.
Detective Goritz said surveillance video has the man at a Circle K, "Getting a lot of cigarettes and some gasoline for their car."
A $425.00 personal check showed up at Check Smart on the south side. The business called Acuna and asked if he had authorize it,"I told her no, the checks had been stolen." He said he was so appreciative for the call. Detective Goritz spoke to the man who tried to cash it, "The information we were able to obtain is ongoing and that may lead to another avenue."
Acuna said, his credit card had been used in numerous businesses such as Bookmans, Pep Boys, Dairy Queen, CVS Pharmacy, and Sears. He adds, his card was used over half a dozen times within half an hour at Wal-Mart.
"You work hard all these years, to collect all these items and then have somebody come in to just destroy your whole life," Acuna's added a security system, and other security measures.
So if you do have a doggie door you might want to consider installing a security door with a deadbolt lock where you need keys to get in or out.
If you have information on who the two might be call 911 or 88-CRIME (882-7463).