Intruder armed with crowbar in Mesa at large after burglary

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MESA, Ariz. – Police are searching for a man who forced his way into a Mesa home and burglarized it after telling the victim he was looking for a puppy.

Officers responded to a home in the 2200 block of east Diamond Avenue in Mesa Wednesday just after 10 p.m. in reference to a forcible entry into a residence.

The victim says the unidentified man knocked on her door looking for his puppy. The suspect reportedly returned 15 minutes later and began knocking on the door and ringing the doorbell repetitively prompting the victim to call police.

The suspect made his way inside the home while the victim was on the phone with authorities. He allegedly threatened the victim with a crowbar.

The victim managed to flee the bedroom and once she told the intruder police was on its way she says the suspect focused on her jewelry box while she was able to leave the residence and run westbound on Diamond Avenue.

A neighbor saw the victim running from her home screaming and also saw the suspect flee the home with stolen property in his possession heading eastbound on Diamond Avenue.

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect had knocked on another door previous to this incident. He also stated he was looking for a puppy but the neighbor said she had not seen the puppy and the suspect left the home.

The suspect is still at large. He is only described as a white or Hispanic male in his late 30s with a stocky build standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He was wearing a black shirt and shorts.