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Aug 19, 2013 9:04 PM by Lupita Murillo

TPD busts westside burglary ring

TUCSON - There's been a rash of business burglaries across Tucson, mostly cell phone businesses. Tucson Police arrested 20-year-old Angel Jesus Nezat and 18-year-old Antonio Morales. Both are charged with one count of theft of means of transportation, or stealing a car, and two counts of burglary.

Lt. James Graves, says they've been investigating this ring since May. He says they've hit at least 26 businesses.

"This is money the businesses lose, and it just doesn't stop with individual burglaries . After the burglaries a lot of times the property is fenced," he says.

According to police, a burglary at the Cricket Wireless store on Speedway and Silverbell led officers to a Westside house.

Thieves did what's called a "smash and grab" where they smashed through the glass door, setting off the alarm, and grabbed whatever they could.

By the time police arrived the suspects were gone.

Surveillance cameras caught three people wearing masks entering the store. The camera also captured a stolen car used in the burglary. Police say that stolen vehicle was tracked down to a neighborhood within a mile from the store.

Just before noon, Tucson Police served a search warrant in the 1700 block of West Elm Street near Tully Elementary school. Before the raid, the school was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

Residents inside the house weren't thrilled about News 4 cameras being there. One woman kept making obscene gestures at the camera.

Police say five people and two infants were inside.

Paul Rodriguez, is a neighbor he says he appreciates the police presence.

"They are here to take care of what we've got. We have to trust them," he said.

Lt. Graves says the burglary ring may also be tied into an auto theft ring that's been working out of the Westside.

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