Burglary Suspects Captured By Mesa Police
December 17, 2007
An alert Mesa Police patrol Sergeant is
responsible for the arrest of three Mesa residents linked to a
commercial burglary in the area of Greenfield and McDowell. The
investigation revealed that these suspects might also be
involved in numerous other burglaries in various local
The story begins on December 14, 2007 at 3:00
a.m. in north Mesa. A uniformed patrol Sergeant was conducting
pro-active patrol near Greenfield and McDowell in response to
commercial burglaries that had been reported in the area during
previous weeks. The Sergeant noticed a suspicious vehicle parked
in the parking lot of a commercial business complex. Upon
further investigation the Sergeant contacted the occupant of the
vehicle who was identified as 41-year-old Michael Riley of Mesa.
Riley had no reasonable explanation for being parked in an
industrial complex at 3:00 a.m.
Additional uniformed patrol officers responded to the scene
and checked the area for signs of a burglary. One officer was
able to locate a business in the immediate area with a broken
window. Investigators discovered that this particular business
had just been burglarized and that a computer was missing from
inside. An immediate check of the business and surrounding area
for suspects produced negative results. Further investigation
was conducted and solid investigative leads were established.
Later that morning at approximately 9:40 a.m. a witness
contacted the Mesa Police Department to report suspicious
activity in the area of Greenfield and McDowell. A witness saw
two males later identified as 45-year-old Shane Sullins and
28-year old Bryan Kennedy, both of Mesa, placing what appeared to
be a computer in the trunk of their car. Kennedy and Sullins
retrieved the computer from behind a trash dumpster near a
commercial business complex. Investigators traced the vehicle
back to a Mesa residence in the area of 4600 E. Caballero, which
coincided with information previously gathered by investigators
who were originally assigned to this case.
Investigators immediately responded to the residence on
Caballero where they found Kennedy and Sullins inside. Items of
evidence related to the commercial burglary investigated earlier
that morning were located in the residence. Other items directly
related to other burglaries in the east valley were also found.
Investigators are still in the process of sorting through items
of evidence that may be linked to other burglaries.
As a result of this investigation Shane Sullins was booked on
suspicion of burglary. Bryan Kennedy was booked on suspicion of
possession of stolen property and false reporting to a law
enforcement agency. Michael Riley is facing charges of
possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional charges are pending
the results of further investigation. As of this writing bond
amounts and release status are unknown.