Public Assistance Needed To Locate Commercial Burglar

March 19, 2008

Everyday, businesses, residences and vehicles are broken into, resulting in various precious items being stolen. In most cases the incident is reported to the police without a name of a possible suspect. Being burglarized can be a traumatic and frustrating experience for the victim, especially if he/she does not know who took their hard-earned items.

The case we are asking for your assistance on is a little different, because the suspect/investigative lead has been identified. Mesa Police investigators have been working relentlessly to locate a serial commercial burglar by the name of James Richard Swanson. So far Swanson has been linked to one commercial burglary in Mesa that occurred last September; however, he is an investigative lead for at least 37 window removal burglaries across the Valley.

Swanson is a 42-year-old white male, with brown eyes and hair. His hair could be shaved or grown out. He is 5'11" tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Swanson also has numerous tattoos on arms, chest and legs. A tattoo on his left arm is a grim reaper. Swanson has victimized many individuals.

Any information that leads to the arrest of Swanson would be a great help to not only the police, but the victims. Anyone who has information is urged to call Mesa Police at 480-644-2211 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.

Update: Suspect has been arrested.



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