On Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 at 8:05 a.m. deputies from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to the SaddleBrooke Country Club Center, located at 38725 S. Mountain View Blvd., regarding a burglary which had occurred sometime during the evening.
When deputies arrived on scene, it was determined suspect(s) unknown had forced entry into a storage room at the complex sometime during the evening. Once inside, the suspect(s) had stolen three new 55 inch televisions which were still in their boxes. Each television was valued at approximately $1,000.
According to the reporting party, employees had moved 11 new televisions into the storage room two weeks prior.
PCSO Property Crime detectives were assigned the case. Detectives felt this burglary was possibly done by an employee who moved the televisions. The televisions, the reasoned, were not visible from outside of the storage room and only the individuals who moved them into the room knew about them being in there.
On Sept. 19, 2013, detectives spoke with an employee identified as Rudy Leeth, 35, San Manuel, at his residence. Rudy was one of the employees who helped move the televisions into the storage room. Rudy was evasive in his answers and denied being involved with the burglary.
“After speaking with Rudy,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “detectives watched him leave the residence and go to work. Detectives then knocked on the door of the residence and spoke with his father who was home. They asked him if Rudy had a 55 inch television which he brought home recently. The father said his son did have one and proceeded to show the detectives the television. The serial number on the television matched one of the televisions which had been stolen from the storage room.”
Detectives then went to the SaddleBrooke Country Club and arrested Leeth for burglary. Leeth admitted to committing the burglary and stealing one of the televisions, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Tim Gaffney.
Leeth was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for burglary, theft and possession of stolen property. The investigation is still active as detectives are trying to determine if other suspects were involved and where the other two missing televisions are.