Burglary suspect found hiding in refrigerator

Burglary suspect found hiding in refrigerator

Credit: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Michael Belver Jr. (lefT) and Derrick Williams

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by Christina O'Haver

azfamily.com

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 5:37 PM

ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. -- Two men were arrested last week after an Arizona City resident reported a burglary in progress at her neighbor's home.

The suspects, 24-year-old Michael Belver Jr., of Eloy, and 23-year-old Derrick Williams, of Maples, Texas, were taken into custody after they were found inside a nearby shed.

A woman called 911 shortly before 7 p.m. July 3, stating her neighbor was out of the state and no one was supposed to be at the home on the 11000 block of West Penasco Drive. She told the Pinal County Sheriff's Office that two men carrying a tool bag got out of a white pickup truck and hopped a wall to the home.

Deputies found a broken window and heard people talking inside the home.

The suspects then reportedly fled through the back door and scaled a wall. Their tool bag was found inside the house, which had been ransacked, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies were searching the area for the suspects when a neighbor reported that a man was hiding inside his shed on the 16000 block of South Caborca Circle.

Belver was reportedly found hiding behind a refrigerator and surrendered after a sheriff's K-9 was deployed. Williams was found inside the refrigerator and also taken into custody, the sheriff's office said. He was allegedly in possession of a meth pipe.

Belver reportedly admitted to burglarizing the home when questioned, saying he needed money, but Williams refused to be questioned.

Both men were arrested and charged with burglary and criminal damage. Williams was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

"Michael Belver Jr. and Derrick Williams thought they could victimize homeowners while they were out of town," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement. "Thanks to this observant neighbor, their plans were foiled, and we were able to arrest and book them into the Pinal County Jail where they will now face the criminal justice system."

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