Mesa police arrested three burglary suspects Wednesday after they broke into a home, triggering a chase through a neighborhood involving a police helicopter, Mesa Police said.
Police arrested Travis Schuetz, 20, a 17-year-old female and a 15-year-old male for several felonies, including burglary, theft of means of transportation, misconduct involving weapons, possession of dangerous drugs, DUI and failure to stop for an emergency vehicle.
According to police, a couple returned to their east Mesa home near the area of 2000 E. Quartz St. at about 3:30 p.m., after being gone for about an hour, noticing a silver Toyota 4-Runner in front of their house.
While the wife spoke with a neighbor outside, the husband discovered two male suspects, at least one of which was armed, inside the home, Mesa police said. The suspects allegedly entered the home through a rear door had been kicked in and a shoe print was left on the door frame, according to Mesa police.
The suspects, who did not threaten or point the guns at the man, quickly exited the home through a back door and fled in the Toyota, which police later discovered was a stolen vehicle from Scottsdale. The female suspect, who police believe was acting as the lookout, was sitting in the driver’s seat, but hopped into the back.
Only a few items were missing from the home and none of the homeowner’s guns were taken from the home.
The husband tried to find the suspect’s vehicle on Gilbert Road, but was unsuccessful.
Later, a Mesa police sergeant saw a vehicle that matched the description at a pawn store near the intersection of Main Street and Stapley Drive. While the license plate couldn’t be seen, the police officer witnessed two of the suspects go into the store and leave shortly after, returning to the car.
Police attempted to pull over the vehicle as it left, but it didn’t stop, Mesa police said. Instead, followed by the air unit, the suspects drove the car down a canal from Gilbert Road and eventually stopped at the canal near Pueblo Avenue and Lindsay Road.
The two male suspects climbed over a wall into the neighborhood, while the female suspect was unable to make it over and aprehended by police. The two other suspects were found hiding in the neighborhood a short time later.
Two guns were recovered near Gilbert Road and Main Street. where the suspects told police they had thrown them. One of the guns was previously reported as stolen, police said.
Schuetz, who has known gang affiliations, was also arrested in a separate burglary charge stemming from an unrelated incident May 8, said Sgt. Tony Landato.
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