On Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 at 3:19 p.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call related to a burglary in progress at a residence near the intersection of Cleator Road and Troy Drive in Arizona City.
Deputies arrived on the scene within minutes. One of the deputies was immediately involved in a foot pursuit after one of the suspects headed eastbound through the alleyway behind the property. The suspect was caught and taken into custody. He was identified as Coreno Griffin, age 20, of Arizona City.
A sergeant looked into the residence and observed another suspect still inside. The suspect was given verbal commands to surrender which he ignored. The suspect jumped out a back window and fled on foot. He was caught a short distance later and identified as Brandon Murphy, age 31, of Arizona City.
PCSO Property Crimes Detectives responded and took over the investigation. During the course of the investigation, it was determined both Griffin and Murphy live in the same neighborhood of the home they were burglarizing. The garage door to their residence was open and detectives could see items the two suspects had stolen from the residence of the victim.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “When detectives interviewed Griffin, he told them his uncle (Murphy) asked him if he wanted to go break into a house and he agreed. The two men then went to a neighbor’s home, climbed the fence and forced open a back window. Once inside, they began to steal ammunition and other items. Both suspects were wearing gloves when they were caught. Griffin admitted to the crime yet, Murphy said he would plead the fifth. There is no doubt this is not their first crime. Detectives will look at other crimes in the area and see if they can’t be linked to them as well.”
Murphy and Griffin were both booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft and Criminal Damage.