Surveillance operation leads to arrest in model home burglaries

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FLORENCE- The following is a press release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office:

On June 17, 2009 Taylor Morrison Homes (TMH), Skyline Ranch Sub-division contacted the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and reported Burglary, Theft and Criminal Damage of two of its model homes.The stolen property was valued between $10,000 and $12,000 and the damage was in excess of $2600.

On June 22, 2009 a break in the case came when the subdivision's superintendent caught a glimpse of what he believed was a piece of the stolen furniture in a neighboring garage, as the garage was being closed.

Sheriff's Office investigators were given the information and conducted follow-up and a lengthy surveillance operation that led to the execution of a search warrant at the suspect residence in the 1100 block of West Desert Hollow Drive in Queen Creek on June 26, 2009.

During the execution of the warrant, investigators were able to locate and recover all of the items reported stolen by Taylor Morrison Homes.

Following the execution of the search warrant Joshua Griffin (DOB 01/10/1973) was arrested and charged with 17 felony counts for crimes involving Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Damage, Theft, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.Griffin was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility and released after posting a $10,000 bond.

"It is through hard work and the dedication of the investigators as well as the diligence of the company's superintendent that this case was able to be closed with such success" commented Sheriff Paul Babeu.