August 23, 2013 SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA (ABC15) – AZ – Authorities have arrested man suspected of committing a series of burglaries in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
Anthony Bonzell Johnson was taken into custody around 9:15 on Sunday after he committed a burglary in Scottsdale near 68th Street and Cactus Road.
Scottsdale police say Johnson was the focus of a joint burglary investigation between the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley police departments.
Johnson, 52, is a suspect in a series of burglaries occurring during the weekend evenings which targeted jewelry, cash and firearms.
Now, hundreds of Valley families are waiting to hear if Johnson is the man responsible for burglaries in their homes.
“If they found our jewelry, that would make us feel a lot safer knowing that was him,” said Jeff Trimino. Trimino’s parents’ Scottsdale home was burglarized back in February by a someone with the same M.O. as the suspect’s.
Trimino said his family had just left for dinner when their home was burglarized and whoever broke into their home smashed a back window to gain access.
Back in February, police said they were looking for someone who, at that time, was suspected of ten burglaries dating back to December 2012.
Investigators told ABC15 that they are comparing those early 2013 crimes to see if Johnson is the same burglar.
Police say when Johnson was arrested he had items in his possession tying him to a burglary earlier that day.
Police began to focus on Johnson when he was arrested for trespassing in the backyard of a Scottsdale home in May of this year. When he was interviewed he made comments that possibly tied him to previous burglaries in the area.
Police say Johnson would get into a residence through an unlocked door or by smashing a window, typically in the rear yard while the homeowner was away, possibly for dinner or a movie, giving him the nickname “Dinnertime Burglar.”
When police served a search warrant on Johnson’s home, police recovered items from separate burglaries, including a number of guns.
Detectives believe Johnson may be responsible for 100 or more burglaries from around the Valley.
Johnson was booked into jail on burglary, theft and weapons charges.
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