PD: Armed Mesa man captures burglar in deceased father's home

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Posted at 11:40 AM, Dec 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-18 13:40:55-05

MESA, AZ — A Mesa man captured a burglar at gunpoint at his deceased father's home, according to court paperwork.

Mesa police report that on December 11 they responded to a home near Alma School Road and University Drive.

They say the homeowner was returning to his deceased father’s home to retrieve some items.

Once inside he noticed a back bedroom door was closed and locked, which was not the way it was left.

The armed son kicked in the door and saw a man barricaded and hiding in the dark. He ordered the suspect, 37-year-old Joshua Alexander Neal, to get on the ground and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

Police say Neal was lying on top of a prybar and had a satchel containing several items stolen from the home, including checkbooks and collectible coins.

Neal allegedly admitted to being a drug addict and was using the prybar as protection.

Police say they found pry marks on an outside door.

Neal has been charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.