2 Men suspected in 170 burglaries

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PHOENIX -- Two suspected serial burglars are behind bars and police believe the men may be responsible for as many as 170 crimes in the Valley.

Scottsdale and Phoenix police had Jason Loftis, 39, under surveillance for his suspected involvement in burglaries in both cities.

On Thursday, officers followed Loftis and Jeff Adkins, 28, to a home near Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads where they kicked in the front door and burglarized it, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson. He said the suspects left in a Pontiac minivan that was stolen from a different location.

The two men then went to a barber shop/pawn shop near Greenway Road and 32nd Street and sold a set of wedding rings stolen in the burglary, Thompson said. The suspects were arrested after they left the business.

Officers also arrested the man in the pawn shop, Artur Mosheev, 37. Police believe Mosheev knew he was trafficking in stolen property when he bought the rings.

Officers said they found additional stolen items in the van.

Police said Loftis and Adkins may have committed as many as 100 burglaries in Phoenix and 70 in Scottsdale.

All three suspects were processed and booked into the Maricopa County Jail.