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Burglary suspect posts bond; arrested on more charges

Anthony Johnson (Source: Scottsdale Police Department) Anthony Johnson (Source: Scottsdale Police Department)

A man believed to be behind around 100 burglaries posted bond Wednesday evening but was arrested again Thursday on more burglary charges.

According to court records, detectives linked Anthony Bonzell Johnson to several burglaries in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley using global positioning systems. Police attached tracking devices to Johnson's vehicles, which were then found to be near several crime scenes.

The Scottsdale Police Department arrested Johnson earlier this week on charges of burglary and trafficking stolen property. Johnson posted his $35,000 bond on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Paradise Valley Police re-arrested Johnson on their own burglary charges.

"He was arrested on the Scottsdale burglary charges only, initially," Paradise Valley Police Lt. Michael Cole said. "We have him identified in two burglaries in the town of Paradise Valley but he may be related to as many as 27."

Several of those burglaries police believe were committed in a neighborhood near Shea and Tatum. Sharon Gold lives in the area that fell victim to burglaries beginning last fall.

"It's amazing that all of us have alarms and they're still coming," Gold said.

Despite warnings of each home being armed with security systems, police believe Johnson could be linked to several burglaries in Gold's neighborhood. Each crime follows the same method of operation.

"A rock burglar," Gold said.

According to court documents, Johnson admitted to police that he would target "bigger homes" with glass master bedroom doors. In these records, Johnson reportedly said he worked with a crew from Las Vegas, gaining entry to the homes by throwing a rock through the glass doors then took jewelry, cash and safes.

Paradise Valley Police do not believe Johnson was working with a larger "crew" but say from the evidence collected at the scenes, it appears Johnson was working alone.

Gold's home was one of several on her street found with shattered glass and a rock inside her bedroom.

"Seeing the glass all over and the shade torn, and knowing there was somebody in there and taking things," Gold says. "It's disheartening."

Police hope these newest charges against Johnson convince a judge to set a higher bond, effectively keeping their suspect off the street.

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