PD: Glendale neighbor follows burglars home, calls police

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Posted at 11:48 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 14:48:42-04

GLENDALE, AZ — When a Glendale man saw his neighbor's home being burglarized, he followed the alleged burglars to their own home, and alerted police of the robbery, according to court documents.

Glendale police report that on March 20, a man living near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road saw a car at his neighbor’s home.

When the couple outside the vehicle saw the man, they quickly left.

The neighbor followed the alleged burglars to a home about a half-mile away, then contacted Glendale police.

Police say the front door of the burglarized home had been forced open and the house had been ransacked. Multiple items were stolen, including motorcycle parts, weapons, and Harley-Davidson memorabilia.

Police also say the homeowner was out of town.

Detectives say Rhonda Marie Spaulding, 54, lives at the home where the burglars’ car was followed to, and she had recently pawned Harley-Davidson memorabilia pieces.

A pawn shop clerk identified Spaulding as the woman who pawned a Harley-Davidson model holiday train caboose and several other items.

The clerk also identified 35-year-old Joseph Rufgio Dominguez as being with her when the items were pawned.

Police say they found the stolen shotgun and motorcycle parts at Dominguez's home.

Dominguez reportedly told police that they made several trips to the home, stealing enough items that he and Spaulding needed a storage unit to contain them.

Dominguez has been charged with burglary and weapons misconduct, while Spaulding has been charged with trafficking of stolen property.