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Arrested suspect allegedly broke into 17 Tempe homes

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Michael Tolley Michael Tolley
TEMPE, Ariz. -

A 24-year-old burglary suspect was arrested for allegedly breaking into 17 Tempe homes in September and October.

Tempe police said Michael Tolley burglarized 17 homes in the area of Mill and the US 60, all of which were in a one mile radius of his home.

Tolley told police he would walk or bike to various homes and check for unlocked doors. He targeted homes between midnight and 4:00 a.m., while people were home.

Officers said he told them he enjoyed sneaking around in the dark and observing people in their homes.

According to police, Tolley stole items like laptops, cell phones and several purses during the burglaries, which he sold on Craigslist or for quick cash on the street.  

Detectives were able to catch Tolley when they set up a meeting to buy some of the stolen items he was selling online. He was immediately arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said he wouldn't try to go into homes with motion lights, security systems, barking dogs, and locked doors.

Tempe police wants to remind people to take the necessary steps to make their homes an  undesirable target for would-be criminals.

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