Suspects arrested in Phoenix patio furniture thefts – AZFamily


Police have arrested two suspects who are accused of stealing patio furniture from Phoenix homes.

The suspects are 34-year-old John Norris and 32-year-old Yvonne Romero.

They are facing charges of theft and trafficking stolen property.

Police believe they may be connected to twenty cases.  There may be more victims.

Norris and Romero were in a black Ford Ranger pickup truck matching the one seen on surveillance video, according to police. When officers tried to stop the truck, near 12th Street and Bethany Home Road, the suspects took off and ditched it. They were located and arrested.

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Police said they were investigating more than 10 recent cases of thieves stealing patio furniture right off residents’ front porches.

The trend began about a month ago with more and more neighbors taking notice.

“All they did is leave by brand-new Citronella candle sitting on the ground,” said Jennifer Liewer, who had her patio furniture stolen early this month. “I just think to myself, who is it that’s driving around our neighborhoods? Are they scoping out our houses? Is that going to translate to them maybe breaking into my home?”

One homeowner even captured surveillance video of thieves casually swiping their patio furniture near Central and Montebello avenues. The theft happened around the same time Liewer’s furniture went missing and just a couple miles away.

“They clearly were not concerned about being caught,” Liewer said. “There’s no looking over their shoulders. They acted like they were out shopping.”

Police said they were taking a close look at the video, which appears to show a man and a woman in a pickup truck.

Officers said one victim actually found their stolen patio furniture on a site like Craigslist. They reported it to police, officers tracked it down at a location in Peoria, and the man who had it claimed he bought it from someone else. Police say the thefts tend to happen between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Police recommend tying your furniture together so a crook cannot simply lift it up and leave.

Anyone with information on these crimes is urged to call the police.

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