Posted 10:43 AM 3/18/2013 : Former chiropractor suspected of burglarizing over 60 businesses
TUCSON - A string of businesses burglaries throughout the Tucson area in a 3-month period. There's been well over 60 cases in the Tucson area. Pima County Sheriff's Burglary detectives say they may have a break in the case but they need your help.
Detectives are looking for Charles Spear a former chiropractor no longer in practice. Detective Hans Goritz says he wears a black surgical mask due to a facial deformity and he may be living out of his Ford Explorer. "We have forensic evidence that ties him specifically to one break in at the chiropractic office on Oracle Road."
A string of burglaries followed. News 4 Tucson obtained surveillance video of another suspect investigators are hoping you can help identify. Det. Goritz describes the video, "You actually see the rock getting thrown through the window a white male subject wearing dark clothing coming in crawl in thru the window. He hops over the counter." He's seen rifling through drawers of an east side dental office grabbing what he can. He hops back over the counter and leaves. All this in 65 seconds.
Detectives say he stole $4.00 and change. "In this particular case, the damage is far exceeding what he gained out of it."
Last month, there was a special operation to try and catch the burglars in the act. The target area, North Oracle Road from River to Magee.
The Sheriff's Department is determined to find the burglars wreaking havoc on businesses, not knowing if the suspects could be dangerous. Detective Jesus Banuelo says, "You prepare as if they are the most dangerous person especially at night." He says the motivation for the burglaries "is typically drug related. It always comes back to somebody trying to get quick money to get their quick fix."
If you have information on the whereabouts of Charles Spear or if you recognize the man in the surveillance video call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.
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