$1,000 reward in Ahwatukee home burglaries

Posted at 11:19 AM, Apr 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-17 01:29:07-04

Silent Witness is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who can help catch two brazen burglars who have been terrorizing neighborhoods in Ahwatukee.

At least three of the victims live in the Foothills Preserve area. One of the victims caught the burglars in action, on surveillance cameras he had set up around his home. In the video, you can see two masked men prowling around the man's front yard, windows, and even trying to get into a car parked in the driveway.

Police said the two men had broken into five Ahwatukee homes in the last month.

Kim and Pete Ahern heard they almost became victims when a neighbor knocked on their door early in the morning to let them know he had surveillance video of the thieves scaling a wall and getting into her backyard.

The video showed the thieves were in the couple's backyard for almost 40 minutes, trying to break in through a backyard window. Ahern said she had been up late reading. The burglars struck between 2 and 4 a.m. 

Thankfully, they were unable to break into her windows, but they left a knife in her backyard, after attempting to cut open a screen window.

Ahern said she was grateful the thieves did not make it in.

Two doors down, a woman who did not want to be identified was not so lucky. The only difference between her and Ahern was a locked window. The woman said she had left her kitchen window unlocked because it was a beautiful night.

She woke up to find her window screen broken, and belongings stolen.  

Neighbors said the thieves had even eaten her food, and relieved themselves in her pool before leaving.

Ahern said she was making sure to set her alarms and check all her window and door locks before going to bed.

If you know who the suspects are you are urged to call 480-WITNESS.