PD: Woman's intuition leads to burglary arrest

Posted at 2:55 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 16:55:43-05

A Phoenix woman is safe today because she followed her instincts and did not enter her condo alone.

She had a feeling someone was inside and asked an officer to take a look. She was right and two suspects were quickly taken into custody.

According to court documents, on Jan. 9 a woman was returning to her condo near 51st Avenue and McDowell after a ten-day vacation.

She tried the key in the door but it didn't work so she contacted a maintenance worker who unlocked the door for her, but something still didn't feel right so she flagged down an off-duty officer who was working at the complex.

Police say she asked the officer to enter her condo to be sure it was safe. He did and found 28-year-old Rosanna Valdez and David Anaya, 30 hiding in a downstairs bathroom, police records say.

The two suspect were dressed alike wearing black leather jackets and jeans. Police say they found the victim's clothing in Valdez's purse.

Valdez spoke to police saying she needed to use the bathroom and saw the gate and front door open so she went in.

Anaya refused to speak to police but, police say they found a credit card belonging to the victim in his wallet.

The woman also noted that her furniture, children's toys, appliances and hair iron had all been taken. A haul valued at about $20,000, according to records.

Valdez and Anaya are each charged with burglary. But it is not yet known if they're linked to the theft of the woman's furniture and toys or just the credit card and clothing.