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Tempe Police Patrol Sergeant Catches Burglar Stealing Bicycle

Post Date:08/26/2014 6:23 PM

Tempe Police Patrol Sergeant Catches Burglar Stealing Bicycle

On 08/23/14, at approximately 1:40 am, Sgt. Raj Johnson was on patrol in the residential area near 12th Street and Priest Drive, Tempe.  While in the area, Sgt. Johnson observed a male subject later identified as Melvin Crocker looking into the backyard of a residence located in the 1300 block of W. 10th Place.

Having detected the actions of Mr. Crocker, Sgt. Johnson began to conduct surveillance so as to monitor his activities while waiting for assisting patrol officers to respond to the area.  Sgt. Johnson watched as Crocker searched around a carport and parked truck and then saw him enter a nearby residential yard and emerge shortly thereafter with a bicycle.

Sgt. Johnson contacted Mr. Crocker and with the assistance of officers assigned to his squad, Sgt. Johnson determined that Mr. Crocker had just stolen the bicycle.

Mr. Crocker was subsequently arrested and charged with 3rd degree burglary and possession of marijuana.

This incident is a great example of Tempe Police Officers working hard to keep your neighborhood free from burglars and thieves. 

As we enter the fall season and temperatures begin to cool down – especially at night - the Tempe Police Department asks residents to please take the time to lock your windows, doors, and screens.  Additionally, please make sure that your bicycles are kept in a secure condition inside a locked garage, storage closet, or if outside, secured with some sort of locking device.

Suspect Melvin Crocker

8_26_14 Suspect Crocker

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