Heads-Up Police Work Nabs Repeat Burglary, Theft and Shoplifting Suspect
Exceptional teamwork among Buckeye officers on different squads and shifts resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Jonwuan Jones-Pointdexter for burglary.
On Saturday, January 12, 2019, around 5:30 a.m., Buckeye police responded to a burglary alarm at the Dollar Store at 709 E. Monroe Avenue in downtown Buckeye.
Store surveillance video and evidence at the scene indicated the suspect broke the front door glass of the business to get inside and stole electronic accessories before taking off out of the same door.
A first shift officer grabbed screen shots of the suspect from the surveillance video and circulated them throughout the department.
A swing shift officer made additional inquiry about the suspect’s clothing and learned he was wearing a light blue shirt under a black hoodie, jeans, a red beanie and using a string as a make-shift belt.
Shortly before 4 p.m., that same swing shift officer made contact with a man he saw littering in downtown Buckeye who matched the description of the Dollar Store burglar and wearing clothing mentioned above, right down to the string threaded through his belt loops.
The officer took Jones-Pointdexter into custody and after reading him his rights, the suspect made a full confession and lead officers to the stolen property.
“This kind of grassroots police work is what makes a difference in our community,” said Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall. “I love to hear about cooperative crime solving. But quite frankly, it doesn’t surprise me. The men and women of BPD engage in this kind of teamwork every day.”
While the dollar amount of the stolen items appears nominal, approximately $200, and the damage to the store about $1000, Jones-Pointdexter was already on probation for theft and drug charges and has a very long history of being a repeat offender with multiple arrests for theft, burglary and other felonies.