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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2005 10:58 am | Updated: 9:16 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A burglar responsible for a string of at least nine commercial burglaries during the past two years has been arrested, Scottsdale police said.

Timothy Tackman, a 43-year-old Gilbert resident and computer technician, was arrested last week after detectives who were eating at a local fast-food restaurant recognized him from security camera footage they had studied.

"They talked to him and started doing their detective work. It was actually a little bit of luck," said Sgt. Mark Clark.

Police said Tackman stole computers, routers and servers from Scottsdale office suites and sold them on eBay, an Internet auction site.

"As eBay grows in popularity, it’s becoming an outlet for stolen property," Clark said. "I wouldn’t say it’s common, but we are running across it more."

Police searched Tackman’s home and office, seizing two truckloads of stolen property worth more than $50,000, Clark said.

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