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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Goodyear police arrested a pair of burglary suspects Wednesday morning after neighbors alerted them to some suspicious activity in their community, but now they're looking for the victims.
It happened on Oakwood Drive in the Estrella Mountain Ranch Community in the far West Valley.
"It's a little troubling," said neighbor Jeramie Goodwin.
According to investigators, the suspects spend the early morning hours prowling the neighborhood.
"It was crimes of opportunity. They were looking for vehicles that were unlocked. They were going into those vehicles and taking property out and stealing it," said Goodyear Police Public Information Officer Lisa Kutis.
Officers responded to the area after someone noticed a suspicious vehicle.
"Anything unusual, we have a pretty good community watch system out here," said neighbor Francis Carde.
That watchful eye led officers to the two suspects, whom police identified as Jack Webb and Steven Smith, both in their mid-20s.
"They did pull over that vehicle and discovered that there was possibly stolen property in that vehicle, in which the two suspects did admit to having stolen property," Kutis said.
Both suspects are now facing four counts of vehicular burglary. In all, investigators believe the pair may have hit as many as 15 cars.
"It appeared that there were numerous toolboxes in the vehicle, laptop cases, GPS, cigarettes, things of that nature," Kutis said.
However, investigators are not sure who all that stuff belongs to. So far, only a few victims have come forward.
"Goodyear police feel that there are numerous victims out there. We do ask that if anybody does believe they are a victim of this crime that they contact the Goodyear Police Department and file a report," Kutis said.
Neighbors tell us word that this was happening in their neighborhood made them feel a bit violated.
"You're not allowed to park your cars out on the streets, so these must have been people that parked in the driveways or something. It's very, very strange and a little bit unsettling," Carde said.
They do agree this is a good reminder to not get complacent when it comes to protecting your property.
"You want to make sure you lock your car and don't keep valuables in there," Carde said.
If you believe your car was burglarized, contact Goodyear Police Department's non-emergency line at 623-932-1220.