Doggie door burglar breaks into three Mesa homes in same neighborhood

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 18, 2016

A Scottsdale man is accused of entering and burglarizing three homes in one neighborhood through the doggie door.

Court records show that on May 12, a Mesa man entered three homes through the doggie door in one neighborhood, near Dobson Road and University Drive and burglarized them.

A police report indicated that 21-year-old Donato Garcia Jr. was seen on surveillance video entering the homes through a doggie door and rummaging through the home, stealing various items.

Upon his arrest, Garcia admitted to burglarizing a fourth home in another Mesa neighborhood. Garcia reportedly told police that he was probably high on Xanax, a sedative used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

Garcia allegedly told police that he doesn't know how he fit through the doggie doors since, "he was high on Xanax and he feels like 'the Hulk' when he takes Xanax."

Garcia lives in Scottsdale and has numerous convictions for burglary and assault, has been charged with another three counts of burglary.