Pima County Sheriff's Department

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Tucson, AZ 85714
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Press Release

Burglary Detectives Catch Multiple Suspects

Sent on 10/26/2012 2:35:32 PM

On October 25, 2012, the Sheriff’s Burglary Unit responded to the Travelodge at 4910 West Ina Road to assist the Fugitive Investigative Strike Team (FIST). They had apprehended an individual, later identified as 27-year-old Patrick J. Murphy, a felon, who was a suspect in multiple burglaries committed in Pima County. Murphy, along with an accomplice later identified as 27-year-old John Moynihan, was seen with a large screen television in the vehicle. Search warrants were served on both suspects’ rooms and a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Property, cash, electronics, and jewelry were recovered. Some of the items were linked to a burglary which had occurred earlier that same day in the 7800 block of North Leonardo da Vinci Way. Both suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center. Moynihan was charged with Second Degree Burglary. Murphy was arrested on an unrelated felony warrant and also charged with Second Degree Burglary. The investigation continues. A day earlier, on October 24, 2012, a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s San Xavier Directed Patrol Unit and the Burglary Unit in investigating burglaries in the Tucson Estates area also resulted in an arrest. 22-year-old Nestor Mata-Perez had been identified as a suspect in two burglaries. He was located and detained by Direct Patrol Deputies in the vicinity of South 8th Avenue and West 38th Street. Forensic evidence found at the two burglary scenes implicated Mata-Perez as a suspect. In one of the break-ins nearly $16,000 of property were reported stolen. At the time of detention, Mata-Perez was in possession of methamphetamine. He was arrested and booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center on two counts of Second Degree Burglary and Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Drug. The investigation continues.


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