Teen crime fighter foils clever plot to burglarize Glendale homes

Nov 29, 2013, 5:00 AM | Updated: 1:02 pm

GLENDALE — Two accused burglars were caught thanks to the detective work of a 17-year-old Glendale Police Explorer.

The thieves allegedly broke into the vehicle of the parents of the teen on Nov. 3, while they were attending church.

Police say the thieves then made off with the garage door opener and registration of the vehicle, enabling them to locate the house. They then backed their car into the garage and proceeded to knock on the door to see if anyone was home.

“I heard really loud knocking on the door…it was almost like pounding,” said Rebecca [Last name withheld], the teenager who has been a Glendale Police Explorer for the past year. “I was kind of uneasy about that, so I took down the description of the guy.”

Hearing the television and realizing someone may be home, the suspects, Gerardo Ramirez and Jason Wortman, left in a hurry, but not before Rebecca could quickly take down their license plate. At the same time, Rebecca’s parents were also pulling into their cul-de-sac.

“My dad followed them and relayed the make, model and license plate back to me, and they were the same” said Rebecca.

The Glendale Police Department used this information to locate and initiate surveillance on the stolen vehicle.

On Nov. 17, after observing the two suspects driving around to various church parking lots in Sun City, a detective witnessed Ramirez break into another vehicle at a church. At that point, police stopped the vehicle and both men were taken into custody.

Rebecca said she was glad she was home so she could take down the information, but when that knock came, she was a little scared.

But helping stop the thieves was worth it.

“It feels kind of good, to know that I actually helped before they could do the same to someone else,” she said.

Police say both men were charged with three counts of attempted residential burglary and two counts of vehicle burglary.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Iowa man accused of making election-related threats to Arizona officials

An Iowa man was arrested on Thursday for allegedly sending election-related threats to two Arizona officials last year, including Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, authorities said.
16 hours ago
(Facebook Photos/ Senator Mark Kelly, Blake Masters for Senate and...
KTAR.com

Watch: Arizona US Senate candidates Kelly, Masters, Victor share debate stage

With the start of early voting a week away, Arizona’s three U.S. Senate candidates are scheduled to share the stage Thursday in a live debate.
16 hours ago
Bryant James Walker (Chandler Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Stalking, public indecency suspect arrested by Chandler police

Police in Chandler said Thursday they arrested a Mesa man suspected of public indecency and felony stalking.
16 hours ago
(Abrazo Health Photo)...
Alex Weiner

Abrazo West Campus acquires Arizona’s 1st Loop-X robot to assist spine surgeries

Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear is adding the new Loop-X robot to assist doctors in spine surgery operating rooms.
16 hours ago
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor, speaks during a Democratic Par...
Kevin Stone

Here’s what Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs says about Arizona abortion laws

Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, said the state’s near-total abortion ban goes against the will of the people and she’d work to change it if elected.
16 hours ago
Murad Dervish (University of Arizona Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of professor at University of Arizona

A University of Arizona professor was fatally shot at the Tucson campus Wednesday, and police said a former student was taken into custody.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet can improve everyday life

Quantum Fiber supplies unlimited data with speeds up to 940 mbps, enough to share 4K videos with coworkers 20 times faster than a cable.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Teen crime fighter foils clever plot to burglarize Glendale homes