Pima County Sheriff Department deputies serving search warrant on Avra Valley house
AVRA VALLEY- A burglary victim helped police arrest the people she suspects broke into her home a week ago.
The Pima County Sheriff's Burglary Unit converged at the Avra Valley mobile home, after Marana police got a 911 call from the victim who said she had spotted the vehicle in the area near Ina Road and Thornydale Road. Police found the vehicle and made a traffic stop. A K-9 unit was brought in. The dog alerted officers to drug paraphernalia, and the officers found a stolen gun with a silencer. It was later determined that the gun was taken in a 2010 burglary.
They arrested Troy Bethell and Elaina Berlick . They were booked into the Pima County Jail. 29-year-old Bethell was charged with possession of burglary tools, being a prohibitive possessor and theft. 28-year-old Berlick was charged with possession of burglary tools and drug paraphernalia.
The victim said a silver Nissan truck was parked in front of her house on Tuesday, Feb. 24. It was caught on surveillance video from a neighbors camera.
PCSD Detective Hans Goretz is the lead on this case. He said when the suspects were pulled over, they had the victim's jewelry and an iPod in their possession.
The victim, who asked to remain anonymous, began to cry when the detective sent her a picture of the necklace with a cross, an emerald, and a diamond.
She said it belonged to her mother, who had died of cancer last year. She said her mother didn't have much, and that necklace meant everything to her and wanted her only daughter to have it.
The victim had between $10,000 to $12,000 worth of items stolen. But her mother's necklace was priceless.
During the search around the property, detectives located a stolen motorcycle.
Inside the house, they said every room was filled with bags of jewelry, watches and electronics.
"From looking at some pawn shop reports over the last year there's been a lot of pawning activity from the participants," Detective Goretz said.
It was obvious the suspects were keeping an eye on their property, because there were three surveillance cameras set up around the house, including the carport. Detective Goretz credits the success of this case to the victim.
"Without the cooperation of the citizen to Marana Police and the Sheriff's department," he said. "We wouldn't have been able to do this today."
The detectives said once they process the evidence, they will contact burglary victims and have a viewing of the stolen items in the near future.