Pinal County Sheriffs Office solves recent rash of burglaries

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Kimberly Padilla and Joshua Romero By Jennifer Thomas Kimberly Padilla and Joshua Romero By Jennifer Thomas

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz --The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office cracks the case and solves a recent rash of burglaries.

During the past few months, there have been several burglaries reported throughout San Tan Valley. The thieves stole cameras, video games, computers, cell phones, medications, and jewelry. They also took cash and credit cards.

Investigators say many of the credit cards which had been reported stolen were being used at various gas stations and stores throughout San Tan Valley.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video of the two suspects who were using the cards. One of the videos even captured the suspect vehicle’s license plate.

On Tuesday, Property Crime Detectives served a search warrant at the home of 28 year old Kimberly Padilla and 25 year old Joshua Romero. A search of the home uncovered more than $5K worth of stolen property from recent burglaries. One of the burglaries had actually just occurred that morning.

Padilla and Romero were both taken into custody. Padilla refused to speak with detectives when confronted about the crimes.  But when Romero was asked how all of the stolen property got into the home, police tell us he said: “I don’t know; maybe you put it there.”   He then refused to answer any further questions.

Padilla and Romero were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. They face charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of prescription medication.

“Even the safest neighborhoods can be vulnerable to home break-ins,” said Pinal County Sheriff  Paul Babeu. “A residential burglary is a serious crime due to the financial and material losses to victims, and because of the emotional toll it takes on victims knowing their residences have been gone through by unknown suspects.”

The sheriff’s office has already begun the process of returning the stolen property to the victims.