A week after a homeowner’s self-installed surveillance system caught on camera a person throwing a rock through a Gilbert house’s front window, three Mesa teenagers have been arrested, police said Tuesday.
Video released from the incident, which happened in the early morning of June 12, showed a male figure emerging from a sport utility vehicle and throwing the rock. His face was easily discernible as was half of an Izuzu Trooper’s license plate. Police released images to the news media and received numerous tips.
"Without this, we would’ve had no clue who did it," said the homeowner, Robert, declining to give his full name.
The youths, two 17 and one 16, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and released to their parents, Gilbert police Cmdr. Tim Dorn said. They also confessed to committing past acts of vandalism but refused to provide further information.
Investigators said the suspects did not know the homeowner or the resident, his mother, and randomly selected the house in the 2100 block of East Cortez Drive. They said they picked that neighborhood because they believed residents there could afford to replace a broken window, Dorn said.
Damage was estimated at $400-$500, the owner said.
The resident was away from the window, asleep in a back bedroom, at the time.
The homeowner said he installed the system two years ago after a rash of vandalism in the neighborhood.
"It’s just a good thing to have," he said. "There’s an expense there, but when you hear a bump in the night and you’re wondering what’s outside your house."