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Sean Wilson is accused of 32 counts of vehicle burglaries in Maricopa. (PCSO photo)

 

Late Friday night, officers of the Maricopa Police Department may have found their man.

Sean Wilson, 21, believed to be a resident of Stanfield, was arrested by Maricopa Police in Casa Grande and charged for 32 counts of third-degree vehicle burglary and one count of trafficking in stolen property.

Wilson is charged with burglarizing motor vehicles between Dec. 22 and Dec. 28 in Maricopa.

MPD has investigated a total of 33 vehicle burglaries during the period, beginning with eight reported in the Maricopa Meadows area, according to the MPD probable cause statement.

The statement states that officers actually made contact with Wilson in the area on Dec. 22, the first day of the thefts. Only later did they identify him as a suspect in the burglaries.

“Upon contacting Sean (Wilson) he was asleep in his car after getting into a verbal fight with his girlfriend, but (he) refused to provide an address (where) he was at, or a name of his girlfriend,” the MPD report on the Dec. 22 incident states. “Officers were able to observe drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle and conducted a further search of the vehicle. Officers located other electronic items inside the vehicle and identified Sean had a pair of Vans shoes on the passenger floorboard.”

Wilson was released at that time pending a complaint on the possible drug charge. But the Vans would come into play later.

Two days later officers investigated a string of nine vehicle burglaries within a one-mile radius of the Cobblestone subdivision. Dec. 26, MPD received another 10 complaints of burglaries within a one-mile radius of Acacia Crossings.

After reviewing evidence in the case, including surveillance video from two different locations, they identified Wilson as a probable suspect based on the clothes and shoes the suspect was wearing in the video.

The shoes matched the Vans located on Wilson’s passenger floorboard that officers had seen back on Dec. 22, according to police documents.

Investigators also found Wilson had recently pawned items that were consistent with items taken in the burglaries.

Dec. 28, MPD officers responded to a report of a suspicious person wearing a red jacket in the Desert Cedars subdivision. A caller said the suspect was trying to break into cars about 6:15 a.m.

An officer came upon a parked car on North Soft Wind Drive and saw “someone’s legs hanging outside the door.”

The officer stopped and shined a light on the vehicle and the suspect exited. The officer, who was already aware of Wilson as a suspect in the burglaries, positively identified Wilson as the man exiting the vehicle.

Wilson fled the scene and escaped from officers, but police used his cellphone number to “ping” his phone’s location to the Maricopa Walmart. They could not find him there but located him later in Casa Grande by again “pinging” his phone. They went to Casa Grande and located him using his own cell phone as their guide, according to the probable cause statement.

Officers found several items believed to be taken in the burglaries in his car as well as clothing and the shoes he was believed to be wearing in video recordings of the burglaries.

During later interviews with investigators, Wilson allegedly admitted to committing the burglaries as well as selling and pawning some of the stolen items.

Wilson was taken to the Pinal County Jail and charged with the 33 counts and is being held on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled in Pinal County Superior Court Friday.


The story has been corrected to reflect the correct spelling of Soft Wind Drive.

Alejandro Maldonado. (PCSO photo)

 

Police have made an arrest in a December carjacking that involved an armed man wearing a Halloween mask.

Alejandro Maldonado, 39, was arrested July 10 at a Florence parole office after law enforcement allegedly discovered evidence linking him to the vehicle.

The silver Kia Soul was reported stolen Dec. 5 by the owner of the vehicle in the Tacos ‘N More Mexican Grill parking lot. The victim told police a man pointed a black handgun at her head while she was seated in the vehicle.

“(The woman) said an unknown male dressed in all black, wearing a Halloween mask told (her) to ‘give me the (expletive) keys’ multiple times,” according to a Maricopa Police Department report.

The vehicle was last seen northbound on John Wayne Parkway.

Three days after the alleged carjacking, a Phoenix PD officer located the stolen vehicle in an alleyway near Polk Street and 13th Avenue, which led police on a short pursuit.

The driver eventually fled on foot after abandoning the vehicle near Taylor Street.

Phoenix PD did not make contact with the driver but observed his physical characteristics and made note of his black clothing.

Officers later took latent prints from the driver’s side door and door handles. DNA swabs were also taken from the steering wheel and shifter.

A latent print analysis later hit on Maldonado, who was reportedly on parole with Pinal County Probation for armed robbery.

In a recent interview with an MPD officer in Florence, Maldonado denied knowing the victim and being involved in the armed robbery

His DNA and prints were in the vehicle, he allegedly told police, because he washed cars at his Aunt’s residence, according to the report. The victim denied having her vehicle washed there.

Maldonado is being held on a $50,000 secured bond in Pinal County Jail on recommended charges of armed robbery, a class 2 felony; two counts of unlawful means of transportation, class 5 and 6 felonies; and violating the terms of his parole.

Hezekiah Turner. (PCSO photo)

A Maricopa man was arrested on a slew of charges last week after police said he assaulted an officer and failed to pay for his food at a new restaurant.

Hezekiah Turner, 21, was arrested inside Denny’s Restaurant Feb. 27, just one day after the eatery opened.

The arrest reportedly stemmed from an incident earlier that day at the same location. A Maricopa Police Department report states Turner allegedly walked out of the establishment around 2 a.m. with his to-go order without paying his $31.57 food bill.

Officers were unable to locate Turner after employees and a witness who recognized Turner spoke to police.

Denny’s management later called authorities again around 11:30 p.m., Feb. 27. Turner was back, and he was ordering more food.

Four officers arrived and briefly detained Turner. The police report states Turner told police he had money and would pay for his current order and the one from earlier.

The restaurant manager requested Turner be trespassed after his payment and Turner reportedly agreed.

“Once Turner was at the main cash register to pay for his food, he made statements to the manager as to his employees being stupid and at fault for not telling him he needed to pay for the food,” the police report states.

The manager told police he wanted to press charges against Turner after the comment.

Police attempted to secure Turner by “grabbing both of his arms,” in an attempt to handcuff him, but Turner of being combative, loud and disruptive, according to the report. Customers were inside the restaurant at the time.

“Turner was not compliant with officers and ultimately went to the ground,” the reported stated.

During the floor scuffle, one officer injured his left hand attempting to secure Turner.

Officers eventually cuffed Turner and escorted him outside of the building and into a patrol vehicle.

Turner was transported to Pinal County Jail on charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer, (class 6 felony), three counts of resisting arrest (class 6 felonies), disorderly conduct (class 1 misdemeanor), and theft (class 1 misdemeanor).

Last June, police forwarded charges of aggravated domestic violence against Turner after he allegedly racked up his fourth domestic violence charge in 14 months.

Turner remains in Pinal County Jail custody on a $1,000 bond.


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