PD: Man sees burglars in his Glendale home while out of state, calls police

Posted at 1:41 PM, Nov 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 00:35:47-05

A Glendale man, using modern surveillance technology, watched from out of state as a woman burglarized his home. 

Glendale police report that on November 6 they received a call from a man who was out of state but was watching through his home cameras, as a woman was in his house, going through his drawers.

When police arrived at the home, they saw that the home was broken into, but no one was there. As they reviewed the surveillance video, they reportedly saw that two women were burglarizing the house. 

When officers came out of the home, they saw two women nearby, who allegedly told them that they heard someone running through their yard. 

However, police say one of the women was wearing the same clothes as a suspect in the video. That woman, 56-year-old Tracy Elizabeth McMillan and her friend Barbara Deloras Valenzuela, age 53, were detained by police. 

After getting a search warrant, police searched the homes of the suspects and reportedly found several stolen items including jewelry, two laptop computers, and a handgun. 

Both women have been charged with burglary.

ABC15 spoke with the homeowner, James Kirkpatrick, about the incident. 

"I couldn’t believe it, that my house was being violated. I’m being robbed, what do I do? I’m 2,000 miles away."

McMillan is Kirkpatrick's next door neighbor and has been for 17 years.

"Pretty devastating. It is hard to say the emotions of seeing somebody that is your neighbor, that you've known for years, walking through your house," Kirkpatrick said. 

James said police recovered most of his stolen stuff, but there is one thing he is worried he will never get back.

"I don't think I'll ever feel secure again."