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  • August 9, 2010

    PHOENIX – It’s 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 4th, 2010. A woman living in an apartment near 4th Street and Southern Avenue in Phoenix answers a knock on her door. A woman asks if she has a lighter she can use to light her cigarette. Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch says she’s about to reply, […]
  • Feb. 14, 2007 (rebroadcast)

    Chances are you have one at work and this thief may try to steal from it. He’s been burglarizing them in Scottsdale and Phoenix since October 2006. “He’s targeting something unique though – vending machines,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Paul Penzone. He says the suspect breaks in and takes all the cash. “Fortunately, a lot […]
  • July 26, 2010

    “This is absolutely one of those who-done-its?,” said Phoenix police Sgt. Darren Burch. “June 27th, 2010. The Phoenix Fire Department responded to a business fire at 35th Avenue and Glendale, about a half-mile north.” A realty office. Firefighters get the blaze out. “Then they find 50-year-old Blanca Acevedo dead.” And it looks like she was […]
  • July 19, 2010

    PHOENIX – A couple of arsonists may have picked the wrong shed to set on fire. The arsonists hit the Arizona Grand Resort at around 4 a.m. on July 13, 2010, according to Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch. Burch says the two men set fire to a storage shed that was being used by Swank […]
  • June 28, 2010

    PHOENIX – Ed Forst was murdered on June 21st, 2007, but police still don’t know who did it. “It’s not knowing that’s the hard part,” said Ed’s wife, Darcy. That’s why family and friends of Forst have raised a $100,000 reward in this silent witness case. Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch said Forst was driving […]
  • June 21, 2010

    PHOENIX – A parent’s worst nightmare: “Some guy called and said that my son had been shot.” On Saturday, May 8, at about 1:30 a.m., that nightmare became a reality for one Arizona parent. Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch says Jesus Gutierrez was leaving the Déjà Vu bar, located at Bethany Home Road and 27th […]
  • June 7, 2010

    PHOENIX – It’s a busy time of day in downtown Phoenix. Offices are closing, and workers are trying to make their way home. It’s just after 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 24th. A 27-year-old man is walking near 7th Street and Virginia. He’s heading back to his office after cashing his paycheck, when a guy […]
  • May 24, 2010

    PHOENIX – There was only one thing that Lavene could see. “Once I saw there was a gun barrel in my chest, I couldn’t see anything else but that gun,” Lavene said. Lavene was sitting in his car, along the curb in front of a house, near 24th Street and Lincoln on the morning of […]
  • February 12, 2007 (rebroadcast)

    PHOENIX – The hit television show “Friends” debuted in 1994. So did “ER.” It was the year Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, “Schindler’s List” won Best Picture and the Bodyguard soundtrack won Album of the Year. It’s been a long time since one Phoenix man was murdered, nearly 16 years, but police still hope […]
  • May 10, 2010

    PHOENIX – Police need help catching a couple of costumed crooks. Two men robbed financial institutions on separate occasions in late April, Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch said. The first guy walked into the Credit Union at 3rd Avenue and Dunlap just before noon on April 23. He handed the teller a note demanding money, […]
  • March 29, 2010

    PHOENIX – When a girl was taken from her friends and molested, her panicked mother called 911 for help. Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch says it happened near 44th Street and Oak around 5:30 p.m. on February 27. “What happened is a few girls were out in the front of an apartment complex playing and […]
  • March 22, 2010

    PHOENIX – There once was a man from south Phoenix who was never, in his entire life, heard to utter a curse word. His name was Anthony Pink. Anthony’s older brother, Calvin, had nothing but nice things to say about his younger brother. “He was just so delightful to be around, and when he became […]
  • Feb. 22, 2010

    PHOENIX – The trifecta of evil. That’s how Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch described this shocking crime. A 90-year-old woman who lived by herself in the Ahwatukee area was at home when the unthinkable happened. “(The) suspect enters her home, (and) she doesn’t know who he is,” Burch said. “He attacks her from behind, he […]
  • Feb. 15, 2010

    PHOENIX – It’s not often that you hear about armed robberies of Wal-Marts. But Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch said that it has happened a couple of times already this year. Burch says the robberies start out as shoplifting, “but when the suspects are leaving the store, they’re confronted by security and they immediately either […]
  • Feb. 8, 2010

    PHOENIX – Thieves are cashing in on stolen cell phones. Phoenix Police Sergeant Darren Burch says the phones are prime targets. “They’re small, they’re expensive, so you get more bang for your buck, literally,” Burch said. “You can have a lot of them in a small, confined space, so it’s easier to traffic the stolen […]