PD: Burglar cuts through BMW's convertible top to enter car

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Jun 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-10 16:02:52-04

PHOENIX — An alleged burglar cut through a BMW's convertible top to enter the car and steal items inside the vehicle.

Phoenix police report that on June 3 a security officer watched on a surveillance camera as Matthew Edward McKee, 25, cut through the soft roof of a red BMW parked on the street near 7th Avenue and Van Buren Street.

When a Phoenix police officer arrived, they allegedly found McKee in the back seat of the car. When ordered to exit from the vehicle, McKee came out of the hole he cut in the roof.

Police say they found McKee in possession of several items belonging to the car's owner, including restaurant gift cards. They also found a knife with a 5-inch blade that McKee allegedly said he used to cut the car's roof.

Mail and several lottery cards belonging to a woman were also found with McKee's belongings, according to police.

Court records say police found a drug scale and a syringe with residue in it that is believed to be meth.

Police say he did about $3,000 in damage to the car.

He has been charged with burglary and various drug charges.