Mesa police searching for serial burglar targeting homes and vehicles

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Dec 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 00:38:06-05

MESA, AZ — Police are searching for a man accused of stealing from multiple homes and vehicles in east Mesa.

Mesa police say the suspect has targeted homes and vehicles between Southern Avenue and University Drive, and Sossaman and Ellsworth roads over the past three months.

The suspect is a white male believed to be in his 20s and is around 5’11”. He also has distinctive tattoos on his neck and left hand. He has been seen fleeing at least some of the burglaries on a bicycle.

Police say at least six homes and 12 cars were broken into, believed to be connected to this suspect.

The most recent incident was at Bill Pollard's home.

"He was sitting behind my truck. I came out the door,” said Pollard.

A security camera alerted the protective husband and his wife overnight.

"I came out the door and confronted him. Right here,’ added Pollard.

Pollard spotted the man near his shed.

"There are always the people who ‘have not’ and want what the ‘haves’ have and will do anything to get it,” added Pollard.

Pollard confronted the guy, armed with a gun and asked, “do you want to die?”

The two circled Pollard’s truck for several minutes before the suspect got away.

"He ransacked the truck, took my wallet and all of my credentials,” added Pollard.

Pollard says the man later used two of his debit cards to make purchases.

People who live in this gated community believe the burglar is hopping a gate to get inside.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377).