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Crime Trackers: Elderly couple falls victim to burglary

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An elderly couple's home was recently burglarized.

Marana police detectives said a large amount of cash was stolen. Three people were arrested for their involvement in the burglary. Investigators said two of the suspects were familiar with the house.

“Based on our investigation, it appears that they had intimate knowledge of where the cash was being stored at,” said Det. Jeff Rowe.

Detectives said the burglars kicked in the front door, set off the alarm, ran to the location of the safe, grabbed the cash, and fled the scene.

According to investigators, 24-year-old Daniel Garcia and 25-year-old Edrik Urias worked for a company that had been in the victim's home nearly a dozen times over several weeks.

The victims, an elderly couple, live in the area of Continental Reserve. Neighbors like Richard Kalina said they are disgusted,

“Well, I think it's a shame that people take advantage of the people that they work for,” said Kalina. “Kudos to the police. I’m glad the police caught them.”

Urias and 26-year-old Paulette Ybarra were arrested in August. Garcia was picked up by the U.S. Marshals in New Jersey on Sept. 3.

Detectives served a search warrant on their houses on Aug. 18.

“Neither one of them were employed at the time," said Rowe. "They were spending what most people would probably make in a year in Tucson within about a three-week period.”

Investigators discovered receipts. One receipt led them to a bank where Ybarra deposited hundreds of dollars into her account. This was two days after the burglary. 

Detectives said she allegedly used some of the money to pay court fines. A surveillance video showed Garcia and Ybarra at a Phoenix-area jewelry store buying an expensive diamond ring. This was three days after the burglary that occurred on July 15.

Rowe said they also purchased an SUV, jewelry, designer clothing and electronics.

They also found drugs in one of their vehicles during the search warrant, but detectives said that wasn’t their motive. 

“I think it was pure greed,” said Rowe.

Detectives admit this case is not over. They hope to make additional arrests. 

Detectives were not able to return much of the cash stolen.

Anyone with information about the incident is advised to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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