MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - "Lock your doors!"
That's what Marana police officials are telling residents in Continental Reserve after at least a dozen property thefts, residential burglaries and vehicle break-ins in the past week.
One person was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 2, after a concerned citizen called police about a man acting suspiciously outside the Quik Mart at 8685 North Silverbell Road.
That's where police found Austin James Irwin, 19, allegedly carrying two backpacks filled with stolen merchandise.
Irwin's been charged with three counts of burglary of a vehicle, police said, with additional charges pending.
Police said Irwin, who lives outside the Marana town limits, targeted the Continental Reserve area due to the perception that a lot of people there don't lock their cars.
"None of these cases were forced entry," Marana police Sgt. Chris Warren said. "These were crimes of opportunity where people left their vehicles unlocked."
One other person has been arrested in connection to the recent surge in vehicle break-ins.
If you have any information about property crimes in Continental Reserve or Continental Ranch, including at least two residential burglaries in the past week, contact Marana Police or 88-CRIME.
A reward up to $2,500 will go to the person whose tip leads to an arrest and conviction in any unsolved case.