Published May 28, 2011
Phoenix – One of Arizona's lengthiest crime sprees came to an end Friday when police arrested the "Rock Burglar" who had eluded capture for 17 years.
Robert James Neese -- thought to be responsible for 337 burglaries in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills and Cave Creek, raking in as much as $10 million in jewelry and cash -- was taken into custody at South Phoenix restaurant at 8:00am
The 58-year-old is dubbed the "Rock Burglar" because he gained entry into homes by throwing a rock through a window.
Neese first struck in 1993, the same year Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio took office.
"I always said throughout my career one day I want to catch the 'Rock Burglar' on my watch," Arpaio said Friday. "Thank law enforcement officers for making that come true."
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