Gunman confronts serial burglar outside his Arizona home

MESA, Ariz. (KPNX) – Arizona police are looking for a serial burglar linked to 18 startling cases since October.

William Pollard, one of the most recent burglary victims, confronted the suspect with a gun outside his home. He tells his story in the hope that it will lead to an arrest.

“We work hard for what we have. He felt he could just take them, ”Pollard said. “I didn’t want this to happen to anyone else in the community.”

Pollard says he and his wife feel raped after the Dec.7 incident. At around 1:30 a.m., the Ring doorbell rang at their home in Mesa, Arizona. Pollard checked his app to see a man he didn’t know rummaging in his truck, carport, and hangar.

Pollard grabbed his gun and ran for the door.

“I had my gun, and I ordered him to put it on all fours on the ground. And so he said he had his daughter in my shed, ”Pollard said.

The statement was a lie, but Pollard began to back down. He says his multiple sclerosis then tripped him slightly, allowing the suspect to escape. He runs away with some of the couple’s belongings.

Police believe the suspect is linked to at least 18 burglaries since October. He is described as a white male in his late twenties or early thirties, between 5′10 ″ and 6 ′, with a reddish beard and distinctive tattoos on his neck and hands. Witnesses saw him run away on a bicycle.(Source: Pollard family, KPNX via CNN)

“My wallet, taking a bunch of personal items from my truck, some old knives and other items that I had hidden well in the truck, but he searched everything,” Pollard said.

Police believe the same suspect caught on the couple’s security video is linked to at least 18 break-ins as of October. Most occurred between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Six of these were residential burglaries, while 12 were vehicles.

“It upsets me that other people have also been victimized,” Pollard said.

Investigators say the suspect is a white male in his 20s or 30s, between 5′10 ″ and 6 ′, with a red beard and distinctive tattoos on his neck and hands. Witnesses saw him run away on a bicycle.

Pollard and his wife are thankful that they are well and have cameras. But they can’t help but think the suspect has targeted their 55+ community. They hope their unfortunate momentum will help catch the criminal.

“We are not easy targets. I want this guy caught. I want him to be prosecuted, ”Pollard said.

Police are asking the public to keep an eye on the suspect and to call authorities if they spot him.

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