MCSO catches suspect in Sun City burglaries

A valley man is behind bars after authorities say he burglarized dozens of homes in Sun City.

- A valley man is behind bars after authorities say he burglarized dozens of homes in Sun City.

MCSO deputies say he wasn't easy to catch, in fact, he was so tough to track down it took six months and was dubbed "The Pink Panther."

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says this guy was so calculated that he would only hit homes in a certain area, during certain times, on specific days of the week. Now it looks like he could spend a lot of time behind bars.

"He thought he was very clever, and I guess he was; he lasted six months before we could arrest him. You know he was smart, he put on gloves, or latex ones, and did not leave any DNA," said Sheriff Arpaio.

Clever, calculated, and careful are the words one might use to describe 23-year-old Dalton Philbrick, he's the one detectives say is the Pink Panther. Philbrick is accused of burglarizing over 40 homes in the past six months.

"Elderly people, going after them, why just that area? You could go anywhere else so I'm a little angry about that," said Arpaio.

The nickname comes from Philbrick's caution to only steal small things like jewelry and cash and never selling anything to a pawn shop or leaving behind any evidence that could identify him. Arpaio says that was far from Philbrick's first crime.

"He had warrants outstanding for DUI, theft, and drug violations, so he seemed to have had a background before," said Arpaio.

After months of tips, tracking, and surveillance, MCSO got what they needed to put the Pink Panther behind bars.

"We had information, but not enough to tie him to it, but we finally got a couple of tips, and we were able to bring him to justice," said Arpaio.

Unfortunately, for the victims, none of the stolen jewelry has been recovered. However, the investigation is ongoing.

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