Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seeking Help Identifying Vehicle Burglary & Forgery Suspect

We believe the woman pictured was involved in two vehicle burglaries in the East Mesa area on July 10, 2014. She was driving a white passenger car. Both purses stolen were left inside vehicles in plain sight.

Please remember to lock up purses and other valuables in the trunk and lock your doors when your vehicle is left unattended.

If you have any information please use one of the options below. You can remain anonymous. Please refer to case numbers 20141910228 and 20141960822.

• Use our online form found here – (  Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.

• Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.

• Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

ALERT: Arsons at Places of Worship


In the past few weeks, several churches/worship centers in Mesa have found burned or burning Bibles on their property; this is occurring overnight. If you have security, custodial staff or overnight personnel, please advise them of this situation. Make sure any camera system you have is working properly and has night vision. We are currently analyzing evidence collected.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, late teens to early 20s, average height and build, dark hair. Has been seen wearing knee length shorts, short-sleeved shirt, white gym shoes, carrying a dark backpack and wearing dark gloves. If you see this individual or anyone suspicious on your property, please call the police immediately.

Should your church/worship center experience this or any other item being burned on the property please follow the listed protocol --

IF you see something burning on your property, call 9-1-1. Extinguish it as soon as possible. If possible, move it away from any building or vegetation. After the fire is out, do NOT touch it. Keep it protected until police and fire officers arrive.

IF the item is burned and the fire is out, call 644-2211, select option 2, and report the situation. Do NOT touch anything. Keep it protected until police and fire officers arrive.

For more information, please contact Detective J. Fitzgerald at 480-644-2598.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DUI Suspect Threatens Officer And States He "Wants To See Another Police Memorial"

On Monday, July 7th, just before 3 in the afternoon, Mesa patrol officers responded the parking lot of an apartment complex located in the 900 block of  South Longmore reference an intoxicated subject sitting in a truck. Information prior to officer's arrival was that this subject almost hit the porch of an apartment while driving around in the lot. 
Febyruss Benally

When officers arrived they located the subject, later identified as 31 year-old Febyruss Benally (pictured), walking away from the described truck and enter an apartment.  Officers contacted Benally at the apartment and he immediately became irate and began yelling profanities.  Benally, who could barely keep his balance,  reeked of alcohol and had watery bloodshot eyes.

The officers' investigation showed Benally was the subject driving the truck and they initiated a DUI investigation, but he refused all field sobriety tests.  The officers then located a warrant for Benally's arrest and took him into custody.  During the arrest, Benally began talking about how he was going to "kill an officer's wife and kids and bury them." 

During a search incident to arrest, Marijuana was also discovered in the possession of the defendant.  As Benally was being placed in the patrol car, he continued saying he was going to "bury an officer" when he gets out of jail and then "kill their wife and kids."  He added that he "wanted to see another police memorial."

In addition to the drugs discovered on Benally, a cold open can of beer was located in the vehicle.  Officers also learned that the plates on the vehicle were suspended and Benally's driver's license was suspended and revoked.  He was booked on the following:

Aggravated DUI
Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia
Threatening and Intimidating
Possession of an Open Container

Monday, July 7, 2014

Attempt to Identify Armed Robbery Suspect

On July 6, 2014 at 8:16pm, officers responded to the CVS located at 9152 E. Brown Road in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers learned a male suspect had walked into the CVS at 7:44pm, selected several items, approached the register, lifted his shirt displaying a handgun and told the clerk to open the register. The suspect was alone inside the store and the clerk placed money from the register into a CVS bag along with the items the male had selected.

The male suspect exited teh store and got into the driver's seat of a silver 4-door car, which was backed into a parking spot on the south side of the CVS. According to a witness, the male started the vehicle, leading us to believe he was likely alone in the car. The vehicle was seen leaving westbound on Brown Road.

The suspect is described as a White male, early 20s, 5'6" tall, 160 lbs. with short brown hair. Last seen wearing a black baseball hat with white writing or emblem on the front, black T-shirt with long-sleeved navy blue shirt or jacket draped over his back, baggy blue jeans and white shoes. Vehicle used is a silver or grey, 4-door, possibly newer model Honda Accord with no distinguishing features.

If you have any information, please submit information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following. You can remain anonymous. Please refer to case number 20141870569.
• Use our online form found here;  please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.
• Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.
• Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Surveillance photos of suspect.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Aggravated Criminal Damage - Attempt to Identify Suspect/s

Photo of Light of the Desert Church
Mesa PD is investigating an aggravated criminal damage case. We are looking to identify the suspect(s) who stole copper pipes from a bathroom inside the Light of the Desert Church at 7930 E Baseline Rd. Running water from the pipes flooded several classrooms and a storeroom, damaging the drywall, the carpet and items stored on the floor.

The crime occurred between June 30, 2014 at approximately 2:30 pm and July 1, 2014 at approximately 8:00 am while the church was closed.  The total value of the damage has yet to be determined.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through one of the following options. You can remain anonymous.

•  Use our online form found here. Please fill in the case number in the Case Number field under Incident Information.

•  Text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD.

•  Call our non-emergency number at 480-644-2211 and select option 2.

Please refer to case number 2014-1820149.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

Vehicle burglaries often occur at night when people are sleeping and the burglar can sneak around in the darkness without being noticed. They also occur in parking lots in the middle of the day. These crimes are often preventable. How can you protect your vehicle from being burglarized? Following these simple guidelines will make your vehicle less of a target.
  • Do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. Out of Sight – Out of Mind. If there is nothing in the vehicle, there is no reason to break in.
  • Roll the windows all the way up. Even a window rolled down ‘just a crack’ provides easy access.
  • Lock the doors every time you leave the vehicle; even if you only plan to ‘run in for just a minute.' This includes tailgates on pickups. Keep the doors locked when in the garage, too. Keeping your doors locked also prevents small children from becoming trapped in a vehicle if they find an unlocked door and get in to play – this could result in a tragedy in our Arizona heat.
  • Set the alarm, if you have one. Most key fobs lock the doors with one press of the ‘lock’ button, but require two immediate presses of the lock button to set the alarm.
A few simple prevention steps will reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary or having your vehicle stolen. Remember, vehicle insurance often does not cover your personal items that are left inside the vehicle when it is burglarized. Paying deductibles for broken windows and stolen items could result in higher insurance premiums. Lock it or lose it!

Quick Thinking Officers Keep DUI Driver From Harming Others

Jessie Huslloimea
On Sunday, June 29th, 2014, at approximately 5:15 PM, Mesa Patrol Officers Smith and Phillips were dispatched to a man passed out at the wheel of a car at 9th Ave and Mesa Dr.  Upon their arrival, they located a red Chevy Impala parked on 9th Ave facing W/B towards Mesa Dr. The driver, later identified as 24 year-old Jessie Huslloimea, was completely unresponsive and the vehicle was still in DRIVE with the engine running. Officer Phillips pulled his police Tahoe in front of the vehicle and Officer Smith pulled his police Tahoe to the rear of the vehicle boxing it in.

They knocked on the window and the driver attempted to accelerate, but fortunately was stopped by the police Tahoe. The driver refused to obey commands and continued trying to leave. Both front windows were broken by Officer Smith and Officer Phillips and the impaired driver was removed by force. He was taken into custody and Mesa Fire responded and medically cleared him. The driver smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes, flush face and was belligerent.

He was arrested and booked into jail on DUI charges. This was an outstanding job by both officers who had limited time and came up with an effective plan which potentially saved the life of a citizen. If  not for Officer Phillips putting his police Tahoe in the path of the impaired driver's vehicle, the driver would have drove right out onto Mesa Drive, potentially causing a serious accident.

Great Job!  Way to keep our community safe!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pharmacy Robberies

From March 25, 2014 through June 22, 2014, two suspects have committed no less than fifteen armed robberies at pharmacies in the East Valley -- Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale. The suspects usually wear surgical masks or cover their faces; in one incident a handgun was displayed. Some of the robberies have occurred at the pharmacy drive through windows.

Suspect #1 is described as a White or Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, 6' to 6'2" tall, medium to heavy build.
Suspect #2 is described as a White male, 22-29 years old, 6' tall, thin build.
Various vehicles have been used, including sport utility vehicles.

If you have any information, please contact Silent Witness at 480-948-6377 or toll free at 1-800-343-TIPS. You can also leave information anonymously at

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Attempt to Identify Cell Phone Theft Suspects

On June 11, 2014 at 2:15 am, five African American males (pictured) entered the Walmart located at 1606 S. Signal Butte. While three of the subjects stood watch, the other two broke open a glass display case in the electronics department and removed an undisclosed number of cell phones, which were concealed in a plastic bag and a stolen back pack. All subjects fled on foot behind the business. No vehicle description was obtained.

Please submit any information regarding the crime or identity of the suspect(s) through the “Submit a Tip” option at or text information to 274-637 (CRIMES). Begin your message with MESAPD. You will remain anonymous. You can also call 480-644-2211 and select option 2. Please refer to case number 20141620228.