Surprise homeowner comes face to face with burglars

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Anthony Jamal Ross and a juvenile were arrested on burglary and trespassing charges. By Jennifer Thomas Anthony Jamal Ross and a juvenile were arrested on burglary and trespassing charges. By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Surprise police arrested two suspects for burglary after they entered a house and took property while the homeowner was inside.

Police were called to the home in the area of Litchfield and Greenway roads at about 11:35 a.m. Monday after the resident came face to face with the suspects.

According to Sgt. Mike Donovan, the suspects had knocked on the front door but the homeowner ignored the knocks. The suspects then went to the backyard and entered the home through an unlocked rear sliding door where the resident confronted them.

One of the suspects grabbed an item that had been on a table and both fled the residence.

The suspects jumped fences to several homes throughout the community before they were apprehended and arrested.

The property was returned to the owner.

Anthony Jamal Ross, 18, of Surprise, was arrested and booked into Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail for second-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree trespassing.

The second suspect, a juvenile from Surprise, was arrested and booked into the Durango Juvenile Detention Facility for second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree trespassing and an outstanding warrant issued by the Juvenile Superior Court for Probation Violation.

The Surprise Police Department reminds everyone to recognize the importance of securing your property even while at home.