Man found with cash register is linked to multiple burglaries in Mesa

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- A man found with a cash register has been linked to a number of burglaries in Mesa.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police officers responded to two separate alarm calls at a strip mall near Main Street and Stapley Drive.

According to Detective Steve Berry with the Mesa Police Department, a responding officer found a black male in the strip mall's parking lot.

Berry said the man was trying to ride away on a mountain bike with a cash register. He reportedly had dropped the cash register and was picking up some of the change that had spilled onto the ground.

An investigation revealed that Honandez Simmons, 37, attempted to commit a burglary at one of the businesses but did not enter the store and then stole the cash register from a second business. Both stores had broken windows.

Berry said police linked Simmons to an earlier burglary at the Max It Pawn near Country Club Drive and Main Street where he reportedly broke out the front window and stole a mountain bike. The bike was the same one officers saw him with after the strip mall burglaries.

Police also discovered that a DNA match from a burglary at the Planet Smoothie in the same area is linked to Simmons.