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Naked burglar caught in string of bizarre break-ins

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A naked man who was caught on video stealing from neighbors’ homes in Arizona was arrested and charged in at least five burglaries, authorities said.

Jeremy Lawrence, 47, of Florence, was collared Friday after several victims provided surveillance video from their homes to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the bizarre string of break-ins.

Investigators said they were first tipped off to the suspect’s identity after getting a call on Nov. 11 from a man who noticed an exotic tree was missing from his property and said he suspected Lawrence was the thief. The victim said he also believed the alleged bandit was responsible for stealing items from his neighbor’s home the previous evening, deputies said.

Lawrence also was spotted on a surveillance camera on Nov. 10 while wearing a camouflage suit frequently used by hunters, officials said. Deputies said he stole 25 air conditioner evaporator coils and a radiator belonging to a vintage truck.

Jeremy Lawrence
Jeremy LawrencePinal County Sheriff’s Office

After noticing similarities in the cases, deputies linked Lawrence to an incident from August when a suspect — who was nude at the time, except for shoes and gloves — stole plants from a home in Florence. Deputies said the suspect had a distinguishable tattoo on his right shoulder, a mark that helped investigators connect Lawrence to two additional burglaries dating back to 2016.

Deputies said the suspect in those incidents — now identified as Lawrence — was caught on surveillance cameras without a shirt, allowing investigators to recognize the identifiable tattoo, deputies said.

A search of Lawrence’s home on Friday resulted in the recovery of most of the stolen property from at least two of the burglaries. A marijuana grow operation with more than 26 plants was also found on Lawrence’s property, deputies said.

Lawrence is facing multiple counts of burglary, as well as possession of marijuana, possession for sale and other charges. Deputies said they expect more charges to be filed against Lawrence as they continue to investigate.

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