Glendale police catch burglary suspects in the act

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – Glendale police nabbed two burglary suspects who reportedly used a rented U-Haul truck during their crimes.

Anthony Garcia, 23, and Jeremiah Miller, 28, both of Peoria, were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, second-degree attempted burglary and misconduct with weapons.

Garcia and Miller are suspected of burglarizing a home near Union Hills Drive and 67th Avenue on Aug. 24.

Police said the homeowners had just returned from being out of town and became suspicious when they noticed that someone had forced entry through a gate into their backyard.

Footage from video cameras at the home showed two suspects backing a U-Haul box truck into the driveway. According to Officer Tracey Breeden, the suspects knock on the front door then force their way into the backyard. One suspect begins to put on gloves then it appears they notice the surveillance cameras on the outside of the home and immediately leave the residence.

The license plate of the U-Haul truck was not visible in the video, but a patrol officer obtained the truck's number.

Breeden said property crimes detectives identified the renter of the truck and the Phoenix motel where he was staying. The investigation revealed the rented U-Haul truck was overdue.

Police initiated surveillance on the truck at the motel on Sept. 9 and saw two males and a female get into it. Detectives followed the truck as it drove away.

As officers were preparing to make a traffic stop, the truck backed into a driveway at a home near Northern and 19th avenues in Phoenix, according to Breeden.

A detective approached the residence on foot and observed the two men inside. After about 10 minutes, the men got back into the U-Haul and left the area.

Detectives entered the home and confirmed it had been burglarized.

Police performed a high-risk stop on the U-Haul in the area of Happy Valley Road and 67th Avenue. Garcia and Miller were taken into custody and police recovered the stolen property, including two rifles.