Breaking News
More () »

Burglar allegedly posed as utility worker to steal from Phoenix residents, records show

Police arrested Anthony Miguel on Sunday for allegedly committing a string of burglaries in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Authorities have arrested a suspected burglar who's accused of posing as a utility worker to gain access to Valley homes.

Anthony Miguel, 29, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of committing a string of burglaries in north Phoenix.

“He ranged the doorbell, and then he looked in my window, and I got mad,” said one of his victims, Carol Kroll. “He didn’t say who he was representing or anything, and I just told him to get out of here.”

Police said the suspect did manage to go inside multiple other people's homes. 

Victims told officers that Miguel misrepresented himself as a utility worker so he could steal items from inside their homes, records show.

After detecting the suspect's gold-colored minivan near Tatum Boulevard and Greenway Road, officers recovered pieces of stolen jewelry inside the vehicle.

Officers additionally found stolen credit cards inside the suspect's apartment, court records show. 

After Miguel was detained, police said he lied about his name but was later identified by his fingerprints. 

The suspect had warrants out for his arrest in New Jersey and Texas for "similar alleged conduct" at the time he was detained by Phoenix police.

Miguel was booked into the Maricopa County jail and faces five charges of burglary.

"You can't trust everyone nowadays, and that's sad," Kroll said. 

RELATED: Man arrested after stealing, using credit cards he stole from gym lockers in Mesa

RELATED: Arizonans alerted to fraudulent bank transactions made in Alabama

Up to Speed

Catch up on the latest news and stories on our 12News YouTube playlist here.

Silent Witness: 

Arizona's Silent Witness program allows people to send in tips and share information about crimes happening within their local communities. 

The program shares unsolved felony case information in multiple ways, including TV, radio and social media. 

Anyone who has information on a crime or recognizes a suspect described by the program is asked to call 480-948-6377, go to the program's website online or download the Silent Witness app to provide a tip. The identity of anyone who submits a tip is kept anonymous. 

Calls to Silent Witness are answered 24/7 by a live person and submitted tips are accepted at all times. Submitted tips are then sent to the detective(s) in charge of the specific case. 

Individuals who submit tips that lead to an arrest or indictment in the case can get a reward of up to $1,000. 

Have a tip? Submit it on the Silent Witness tip form here. 

Before You Leave, Check This Out