PD: Buckeye officers 'confident' burglary cases are solved after arrest of three men

BUCKEYE, AZ - Buckeye police are confident they’ve solved multiple unsolved burglary cases in the Sundance and Verrado neighborhoods after arrests Thursday, officials said.

Two men were arrested after a series of burglaries and thefts involving motorcycles, SUVs and other metals, Buckeye police said.

Buckeye Police detectives were investigating these burglaries when they found 25-year-old Manuel Castillo of Buckeye and 37-year-old Louie Clark, Jr., of Avondale, according to Sgt. Jason Weeks of the Buckeye Police Department.

The men were cutting up a $12,000 flatbed trailer for its scrap value, he said.

The trailer was found to be an unreported stolen trailer from Peoria, so the two men were detained.

Buckeye detectives searched the property and found two stolen motorcycles, an SUV and marijuana plants, as well as metals and evidence related to a $50,000 burglary in Verrado, according to Weeks.

During the search, officers also found an improvised explosive device, which was rendered safe by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, Weeks says.

Castillo was booked on possession of stolen property, weapons offenses for the IED and endangerment charges, Weeks says.

Clark, Jr., was arrested on an outstanding Avondale warrant.

An additional 25-year-old Buckeye man, Nathan Portillo, was also arrested at this time for possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia, Weeks says.


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