Surprise man arrested for stripping his foreclosed home

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SURPRISE - The Surprise Police Department have arrested Roberto Javier Garcia, 34, for stripping his foreclosed home.

Police learned that several fixtures were taken out while his Surprise home home was in foreclosure back in February of 2009.

According to police Garcia also cut a large hole in the ceiling to remove the air handler. Garcia told police he took the handler to his mother's residence.

"We are aware that some homeowners have taken or sold fixtures and parts of their homes when they go into foreclosure" stated Detective Sgt. Greg Welch. "It's extremely important that residents are aware that it is illegal to cause any damage to a home that would reduce its value, or remove any fixtures from a home that is in foreclosure"

Garcia faces charges of criminal damage and defrauding a secured creditor.