Person of interest sought in Peoria home burglary

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PEORIA, Ariz. – Police are looking for a man who is considered an investigative lead in a residential burglary case in Peoria.

A house in the 22000 block of N. 81st Avenue was burglarized on June 7 while the couple who lives there was not home sometime between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The suspect or suspects entered the house by smashing the back door of the home and proceeded to ransack the home, stealing various items.

One of the victims called police after discovering they had been burglarized. The victim told officers he remembered seeing a mid to full-size Nissan truck driving in the area before the burglary.

The following day a man who identified himself as John S. Smith tried to cash one of the victim’s checks at a US Bank branch in Glendale.

Police are looking for Smith who was in possession of something taken in the burglary which makes him a person of interest. He is a 44-year-old black male that stands about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Peoria police would like to speak to Smith. If you know of his whereabouts, you are asked to call 623-773-7045 or 480-WITNESS.