On Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 4:19 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the 2800 block of West Allens Peak Drive, San Tan Valley regarding a vehicle burglary which had just occurred. The victim reported that a suspect had just taken a floor jack from a vehicle and was headed towards Hunt Highway.
The responding deputy began looking for the suspect prior to arriving at the call location. While traveling in the 2900 block of Silver Creek Way, the deputy observed two subjects sitting in chairs out of the garage area of the home. The two individuals were later identified as Jayce Manalo (age 21 Florence
) and Matthew Secrist (age 19 of Florence
). The deputy could see numerous items spread out on the hood of a vehicle in the same driveway. The items consisted of vehicle radios, charging cords, wallets and other items.
While the deputy was speaking with Manalo and Secrist, a third male came running up with no shoes on his feet and was out of breath. The subject became startled by the presence of the deputy and explained that he had just ran from his home in Florence without shoes on. Florence is approximately 9 miles from the incident location. The third subject was later identified as Michael Shanks (age 21 of Florence
Shanks admitted to deputies on scene that he and the other two individuals had broken into several vehicles during the evening and the items on the hood of the vehicle were taken from the victims vehicles. Manalo,
Secrist and Shanks were all taken into custody.
PCSO Property Crimes Detectives took over the investigation and a search warrant was obtained. Property from eight different burglaries was recovered. Additionally, 33 tablets of pre-packaged Xanax which were individually packaged for sale were recovered. Manalo stated the drugs were purchased from an individual at Arizona State University and were taken to San Tan Valley to sell.
So far eight victims of the burglaries have come forward and we have been able to return their property to them.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Often times the same criminals commit dozens of crimes prior to getting caught. In the end, the good guys eventually win just like in this case. An alert Deputy was able to find the suspects responsible for the numerous vehicle burglaries before even arriving at the scene of the crimes. This case is a prime example of the great police work which is completed day in and day out by our deputies and detectives
All three suspects were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Burglary, Criminal Damage,
Theft, Possession of a Prescription Drug and Sale of a Prescription Drug.