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Crime Trackers: Burglary victim helps PCSD nab suspect

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TUCSON - A homeowner caught a suspected burglar in the act, but before the suspect got away, the homeowner got a good look at the guy.

Days later, the victim saw the suspect at a convenience store and called 911, helping law enforcement authorities make the arrest.

On Monday, Barb and Dave's house was burglarized. They wished for their last names to not be used. 

Five days earlier, there was another victim who saw 55-year-old Richard Crabtree trying to break into his house.

“The victim actually slammed the door shut and the suspect took off. He got a very good look at him,” Pima County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Pat Hilliker said.

On Monday, the victim said he spotted Richard Crabtree walking along the area of Craycroft and River Road. He called 911.

“Deputies responded immediately and were able to locate and find the suspect. They found a large amount of currency on the suspect and a back pack full of jewelry,” Sgt. Hilliker said. 

Court documents said a jury found Richard Crabtree guilty of burglary, aggravated assault and theft in 2002.

“The fact he was caught, that I didn't have to worry about him coming back when we weren't home. You always wonder what are they going to do next," Dave said. "I was very happy to know we didn't have to worry about that.”

As Barb and Dave looked over the items found in Crabtree's backpack, a flood of memories came back. Barb pointed to a cigarette case that belonged to her great uncle. 

“This was a gift to my great uncle from his girlfriend in the World War," Barb said. "It's a cigarette case engraved and it says 'Forever and ever Charlotte'.”

Barb and Dave have been together 40 years, so every piece of jewelry has sentimental value. 

“Very thankful that we're getting these things back and it's just a fabulous job by the Sheriff's Dept. to take care of this so quickly,” she said.

However they weren't able to find Dave's wedding band, and her gold and diamond watch.

Crabtree was charged with burglary and he was wanted on a parole violation.

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