Scottsdale Police Department bust burglary ring

From left is Andrew Ayres, Christopher Forbes-Watkiss and Quinn O'Neill (photos by Scottsdale Police Department)

From left is Andrew Ayres, Christopher Forbes-Watkiss and Quinn O’Neill (photos by Scottsdale Police Department)

The Scottsdale Police Department has announced the arrests of three individuals that were part of a burglary crew responsible for a string of crimes in Scottsdale and the north Valley.

The arrested suspects were identified as Quinn Everett O’Neill, 40, Andrew Ray Ayres, 34, and Christopher Ryan Fobes-Watkins, 26. The dates of the burglaries range from April 2015-January 2016, according to a press release.

On March 28, 2015, a home in south Scottsdale was burglarized.  The victim’s home was equipped with surveillance cameras which captured O’Neill in the backyard and in the residence. The video was later released to the media and SPD received an anonymous tip through www.tipsoft.com that the suspect in the video was O’Neill, officials stated.

SPD detectives began investigating O’Neill’s crimes and learned that he had two accomplices.  The suspects would burglarize a home stealing electronics, cash, jewelry, and other valuables.  They would immediately use the stolen credit cards at stores and gas stations around the valley.  Several store surveillance videos captured the suspects as they fraudulently used the stolen credit cards.

While these cases were being investigated, an ABC15 news story aired on Dec. 17, 2015, involving O’Neil and Ayres on surveillance video stealing a package from a home in Litchfield Park, the release stated.

The video showed the two suspects pull into the victim’s driveway in a black Chevy Camaro with racing stripes.  After viewing the video of the vehicle and two suspects, detectives believed it was the same vehicle and suspects from an Oct. 15, 2015, and Nov. 26, 2015, residential burglaries in Scottsdale.

An additional anonymous tip was provided to police that the suspects were again, O’Neill and Ayres, officials stated in the release.

O’Neill and Ayres were arrested on Jan. 26, and Forbes was arrested on Feb. 9 for numerous felony charges.  Search warrants were served at multiple residences and served on several vehicles, the release stated.

Numerous stolen items were recovered and the proceeds of the fraudulent use of stolen credit cards were seized.

Scottsdale detectives investigated five residential burglaries in Scottsdale and two from others from Phoenix and Glendale. The total losses are valued at $36,594.

The trio was charged with five counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree, five counts of Taking the Identity of Another, and five counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

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