PHOENIX— Branden Tucker (D.O.B. 06-29-1976) was sentenced today to more than six years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to four counts of Burglary and one count of Possession of a Dangerous Drug.
“This defendant showed no regard for the law or those he impacted with his criminal actions, today’s sentencing is a fitting resolution for his crimes,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “His prior felony convictions, and these, could be classified as non-violent under so-called reform proposals. Such careless characterizations without regard for the impact of criminal conduct on the community cannot form a sound basis for ensuring public safety.”
Between December 25, 2017 and February 4, 2018, the defendant committed multiple burglaries around South Phoenix. His first burglary was captured on surveillance video inside a hotel, where he used a laundry cart to conceal computer many items, including computer equipment, that he took from an office. An employee was able to identify Tucker since he had previously worked at the hotel but had been terminated. The defendant was also linked to three vehicle burglaries. A fingerprint found on one of the vehicles was linked to the defendant. On three different dates, Tucker was able to enter secure lots where he entered several first responder and city vehicles taking multiple items.
When arrested, officers found methamphetamine in the defendant’s possession. Later when interviewed the defendant denied being involved in the burglaries, but admitted he may have numerous items of police and fire equipment in his garage.