Police: Off-duty Goodyear officers locate man responsible for car burglaries along McDowell Road

Posted at 10:53 AM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 13:58:39-04

A couple of alert off-duty Goodyear police officers at a West Valley gym were able to stop a burglary suspect from committing more crimes last week.

Court records show that on September 26, a pair of off-duty officers were going to the Lifetime Fitness near 145th Avenue and McDowell Road when they saw a car that had been used in multiple vehicle burglaries a few days prior.

Police report that the vehicle, a blue Dodge Avenger with a spoiler, was seen in videos as possibly being involved in multiple thefts in Goodyear along McDowell Road.

Two of the burglaries occurred in the parking lot of the Lifetime Fitness facility. In this case, two off-duty officers were going to Lifetime Fitness to workout when they noticed the car driven by 42-year-old Terry Shoen Lewter, circling the parking lot. 

The officers were on the phone with dispatchers when they saw a woman put her purse in the trunk of her car. Lewter reportedly parked next to the car, got out and was attempting to break in.

Marked police cars from Goodyear arrived and were able to prevent Lewter from leaving the lot. They arrested him at gunpoint.

Police say Lewter matches the description of other car burglaries in the area, and a window punch was found inside his vehicle. 

Lewter, who was released from prison eight months ago, is now facing burglary charges.