UPDATE: Suspect arrested in string of apartment break-ins

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SCOTTSDALE -- On Thursday, detectives with the Scottsdale Police Department made an arrest related to a series of trespassing incidents that occurred at various apartment complexes in Scottsdale.

The suspect has been identified as Ben Andrew Fuchs, 24, of Phoenix.

Fuchs was wanted in five known incidents where he walked into unlocked apartments where only female residents lived.

Fuchs allegedly would walk in through an unlocked front door and watch the sleeping victims. When a victim would wake up and confront him, he would run from the apartment. During one incident, the victim reported that he touched her leg.

The incidents occurred between June 16 and Nov. 15.

According to the Scottsdale Police Department, building evidence and improving suspect descriptions pointed strongly to Fuchs as a possible suspect and detectives put him under surveillance.

He was brought into custody Thursday morning. During an interview, Fuchs admitted full responsibility for the incidents. However, he did not disclose a clear motive for committing the crimes.

Police say tere is no indication he was acting with any accomplices.

Fuchs was arrested and is being held in custody on five felony trespass charges.


SCOTTSDALE -- The Scottsdale Police Department is looking for a suspect who went into the apartments of college-age women while they were sleeping.

The suspect fled when the women woke up.

The incidents occurred in the area of Scottsdale and Indian School roads between 1:50 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

Police say there have been four separate incidents between June 16 and Oct. 4.

The suspect did not force entry and targeted apartments with unlocked doors.

The suspect is described as a male in his 20s, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 170-190 pounds with short or shaved blond or brown hair.

Police say it appears that the suspect is targeting apartment complexes with a large population of college-age females and is most likely watching his victims to determine that no males live in these apartments.

Police advise taking extra precaution to lock your doors and windows at night and contact the police immediately to report any suspicious people in the area.