'Pink Panther' sentenced for burgalizing about 40 Arizona homes

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Mugshot of 24-year-old Dalton Philbrick. (Source: MCSO) Mugshot of 24-year-old Dalton Philbrick. (Source: MCSO)
PHOENIX (AP) -

A man dubbed the "Pink Panther" burglar who allegedly stole thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry from Sun City-area homes has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Maricopa County Attorney's Office officials say 24-year-old Dalton Philbrick also was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $206,000 in restitution.

"The actions of this defendant caused immeasurable suffering to victims by not only taking the items that held the most sentimental value to them, but by also destroying the sense of security they had in their own homes," said Maricopa County Attorney, Bill Montgomery.

He previously pleaded guilty to burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property.

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From January 2015 until his arrest a year later, Philbrick was believed to have committed about 40 home burglaries in Sun City and Sun City West.

Philbrick claimed responsibility for 16 of the burglaries in which authorities had forensic evidence tying him to the crime.

Authorities say Philbrick was difficult to capture because he wore latex gloves, only stole goods without serial numbers and never went to pawn shops.

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