Off-duty officer nabs 2 burglary suspects in Surprise

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Surprise police arrested two teens after an off-duty officer thwarted a burglary.

Police were called to the 26400 block of North 166th Avenue at approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday for a burglary in progress.

Off-duty Phoenix police Officer Michael Fortune witnessed two suspects wearing gloves and dressed in hooded sweatshirts approach the front door of a home before disappearing from view, according to Sgt. Bert Anzini with the Surprise Police Department.

Fortune made his presence known to the suspects and they immediately fled from the home. Fortune was able to detain the suspects and turned them over to Surprise officers.

Officers discovered that a package left at the front door had been opened by the suspects.

Anzini said police searched one of the victim's vehicles and recovered stolen property from at least two additional burglaries in Surprise. The property included several laptop computers, an iPad and a large amount of jewelry.

Jesse Howe, 18, of Surprise, was arrested and booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail for burglary.

A 17-year-old from El Mirage was also arrested on charges of burglary, including a charge for possessing a firearm during the commission of the crime. The juvenile was transported to the Maricopa County Durango Juvenile Facility.