Suspected 'Dinnertime Burglar' faces charges in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley

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Anthony Bonzell Johnson By Jennifer Thomas Anthony Bonzell Johnson By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A 52-year-old Phoenix man is suspected of being the "Dinnertime Burglar" and may be responsible for 100 or more burglaries around the Valley.

The Scottsdale and Paradise Valley police departments had been investigating a series of burglaries occurring during the weekend evenings and targeting jewelry, cash and firearms, according to Scottsdale police spokesman Officer David Pubins.

The focus turned to Anthony Bonzell Johnson, 52, when he was arrested for trespassing in a backyard of a Scottsdale home in May. Pubins said Johnson was interviewed and made comments that possibly tied him to previous burglaries in the area.

According to Pubins, the "Dinnertime Burglar" either entered a residence through an unlocked door or by smashing a window, typically in the rear yard, while the homeowner was away.

Scottsdale detectives arrested Johnson Sunday night after a burglary near 68th Street and Cactus Road earlier in the evening. They said he had items in his possession tying him to the burglary.

Police searched Johnson's home near Bell Road and 18th Street and recovered items from separate burglaries, including multiple guns.

Johnson was booked on burglary, theft and weapons charges. He posted bond and was released from custody.

On Thursday morning, Paradise Valley police detectives arrested Johnson at his home on burglary charges. He will be booked at the Fourth Avenue Jail.

He has been linked to at least two burglaries in Paradise Valley and may be responsible for as many as 27, according to Paradise Valley police Lt. Michael Cole.

Cole said Paradise Valley detectives are not currently looking for any accomplices in this case. From evidence collected at the scenes, it appears that Johnson was working alone.

The investigation is continuing.