Burglary suspect claims devil set him up

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ARIZONA CITY, Ariz. – An Eloy man who was arrested for burglary on Monday claims the devil set him up.

Pinal County sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary in progress in the 8500 block of South Valley Vista Drive in Arizona City at about 4 p.m.

The female victim told deputies that she arrived home and walked into her bedroom where she saw an unknown man. The suspect then ran through her house and out the back door.

Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said the suspect had stolen a gun, watches and other property from the residence.

Deputies set up a perimeter and began looking for the suspect based on the description provided by the victim. Deputies saw the suspect running through yards carrying a handgun.

According to Gaffney, the suspect tried to cycle the gun and dropped the magazine containing the bullets. Deputies cornered him and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Gaffney said the handgun was located on the ground near where the suspect was arrested and additional bullets for the gun were located in his pocket.

The suspect was identified as Angel Meza, 36.

Gaffney said Meza admitted to being in the residence but said the "devil" set him up and also placed the stolen handgun and other property on him. He also told detectives he had recently used drugs.

All of the stolen property was recovered.

Meza is a convicted felon and is not allowed to legally be in possession of a firearm.

He was booked into the Pinal County Jail for residential burglary, trespassing, theft and misconduct involving a weapon.