Uncle, nephew accused of burglarizing neighbor's home in Pinal County

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ARIZONA, CITY, Ariz. – Pinal County sheriff's deputies arrested a man and his nephew following a burglary at a home in Arizona City.

Brandon Murphy, 31, and Coreno Griffin, 20, were arrested after deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of Cleator Road and Troy Drive shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Griffin was taken into custody following a foot pursuit through an alleyway behind the property, according to a news release from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Murphy refused to surrender and jumped out a back window then fled on foot. He was caught a short distance later.

Griffin and Murphy live in the same neighborhood of the home that was burglarized. The garage door to their residence was open and detectives could see some of the items that were stolen from the victim, according to the sheriff's office.

Griffin told detectives that his uncle asked him if he wanted to go break into a house and he agreed.

According to detectives, the two men went to the home, climbed the fence and forced open a back window. Once inside, they began to steal ammunition and other items.

Both suspects were wearing gloves when they were caught, according to the news release.

They were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft and criminal damage.

"There is no doubt this is not their first crime," Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

Detectives will look at other crimes in the area to see if they are connected to the suspects.