Police search for man involved in multiple burglaries

Thief breaks into three Tucson businesses

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Investigators with the Tucson Police Department are looking for a suspect involved in a multiple burglaries Tuesday.

A Tucson man is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries in midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Police say he left the scene in a white pickup truck.
A Tucson man is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries in midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Police say he left the scene in a white pickup truck. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

The unknown man, caught on surveillance cameras wearing a gray Ecko Unltd. jacket over a shirt featuring a nun making obscene hand gestures, leaving a store with stolen merchandise, according to a news release from TPD. Police believe the man is between 5-foot-9 or 6-foot-2, around 45 years old and is heavy-set.

A Tucson man is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries in midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Police say he left the scene in a white pickup truck.
A Tucson man is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries in midtown on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Police say he left the scene in a white pickup truck. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

The man burglarized Trident Grill, located at 2033 E. Speedway Blvd., and its sister location Trident II, located at 250 S. Craycroft Road, as well as the Caravan Cafe, located on 2825 N. Country Club Road.

According to the time stamps on the surveillance video from each restaurant, the thief appears to have started at Caravan Grill around midnight.

“It takes him like 3 minutes to get in and get out,” said owner Dean Gehedir. "I mean, it hurts I’ve only had the restaurant for seven months now.”

Video surveillance shows the man enter, takes a crowbar to the cash register and make off with about $500 in cash.

Next stop would be the Trident Grill on Speedway Boulevard just ten minutes away.

“He was in and out in eight minutes, I believe,” Trident Grill Partner Jason Machamer said.

Machamer said the thief repeated his steps, prying open the door and register, then filling his pockets. However, that wasn’t enough.

“Then from there he somehow came and decided to do the same thing here,” Machamer said. “It’s something you don’t think is ever going to happen to you and when it does, you’re just flabbergasted."

It’s hard now to see the damage, with doors and registers replaced. But the break in will set all three of these businesses back.

“We are a small business and for anybody to do this to a small business just isn’t great obviously,” Machamer said.

All thee restaurants said they’ve made security changes in wake of this.

Officials believe the man left in a white, single- or extended-cab pickup truck. Anyone with information should call 88-CRIME and can remain anonymous.

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