Pima County authorities seek 'Monkey Burglar'

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A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas
A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas
A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas A suspect has been dubbed the 'Monkey Burglar' because he jumps over counters during burglaries. By Jennifer Thomas
Charles Painter Spear By Jennifer Thomas Charles Painter Spear By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Authorities in Pima County have one person in custody and are searching for a second suspect linked to a series of burglaries at businesses in the Tucson area.

The Pima County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video of the outstanding suspect, who has been dubbed the "Monkey Burglar" because he jumps over counters during burglaries. Authorities hope someone will be able to identify him.

Charles Painter Spear, 38, was arrested March 15 and booked on charges of illegal possession of prescription-only drug, driving with a suspended license, possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree burglary and the violation of a city ordinance. Sheriff's officials said that Spear wears a facial mask to cover a disfigurement.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department and the police departments of Tucson, Oro Valley and Marana have been investigating dozens of similar burglaries that have occurred throughout their jurisdictions since December.

According to the sheriff's department, a rock is thrown through the glass front door of a business, which is typically located in a professional plaza. The suspect then enters the business, jumps the counter or front desk and rummages through drawers and desks in the lobby area then leaves with cash and valuables.

The damage caused in the cases being handled by the Pima County Sheriff's Department alone ranges between $12,000 and $15,000, at this time.

Anyone with information on the identity of the "Monkey Burglar"is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.