'Rock Burglar' sentencing continued

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- The man known as the "Rock Burglar" will have to wait to learn his sentence.

Robert James Neese had been scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, but a Maricopa County Superior Court spokeswoman said sentencing was continued. His next court date is a status conference on June 20.

Neese pleaded guilty to burglary and possession of burglary tools from an April 2011 case and his jury convictions in a separate case of eight counts of burglary and seven counts of theft.

Neese, who is thought to have been responsible for over 400 burglaries in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills and Cave Creek, dating back to 1993, faces a maximum sentence of more than 200 years in prison.

The Rock Burglar used rocks to break into homes through master bedroom or bathroom windows while the owners were away.

In all, authorities have estimated that the Rock Burglar made off with $10 million in jewelry, cash and other loot over the years.