Police release photos of tunnel found during burglary, child porn investigation

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Peoria police released photos of an underground staircase they found during their investigation of two suspected burglars.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at a pharmacy near 91st Avenue and Thunderbird on Tuesday just before 4 a.m. Police found two subjects walking away from the business, a chase ensued and the two men were taken into custody.

One of the men, 45-year-old William Willis, admitted to being involved in numerous burglaries and informed police of a residence where stolen property was being held.

Investigators served a search warrant at his Glendale home near 43rd and Northern avenues and not only found stolen property, but also child pornography and a staircase going into the ground about 12 feet.

The 12-foot-staircase led to an empty 8x10 room and appeared to be hand-dug. Police said it was big enough for an adult to stand up inside.

"It doesn't appear it had been used for anything, legal or illegal, at this time," police spokesman Mike Tellef said.

Police don't know what Willis was planning, but they deemed the condo unsafe, built a new fence, and covered the hole before it could collapse.

According to court documents, police also found sex toys and what they termed "cross-dressing material" in Willis' home.

Willis was charged with burglary and child pornography.

Cory Houghton, 21, was also taken into custody and faces burglary charges. Peoria police continue to investigate.