Several teens arrested for property crimes in Surprise

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Surprise police have arrested several suspects they say are responsible for many recent property crimes.

Jesse Howe, 18, of Surprise, and a 17-year-old from El Mirage were arrested on Dec. 5 for burglary charges resulting from their failed attempt to burglarize a Surprise residence. Police said stolen property recovered from Howe's vehicle included jewelry, two laptops and an iPad that were taken from at least two additional burglaries.

On Nov. 27, police arrested a 15-year-old they say used Craigslist to sell a professional-grade digital camera that had been taken from a car. Plain-clothes officers met the teen and placed him under arrest when he tried to sell them the camera.

Officers arrested Matthew Brown, 18, of Surprise, on Nov. 26 after witnesses said they saw him carrying a TV as he walked away from a home.

Brown is facing additional burglary and trespassing charges in six other crimes and is a person of interest in 10 others.

David Altamirano, 19, of Surprise, was charged with trafficking in stolen property on Dec. 7. Altamirano was already in jail for trespassing in a residential yard at the time Surprise police added the charge.

Altamirano was arrested for five additional property-related crimes prior to his most recent arrest.