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Citizen Helps Get Career Criminal Off The StreetsOver the past several months the Phoenix area bordered by Beardsley Road south to Union Hills Drive, Cave Creek Road east to the S.R. 51 has seen several thefts and burglaries from homes and vehicles.  These crimes were commonly occurring in the very early morning hours.

On November 20, 2012, at 0240 hours Mr. Thomas Rowe was delivering newspapers (helping out a friend) in the area of 3300 East Rosemont.  Thomas observed a suspicious person crouching down beside a vehicle which had the driver’s side window broken out.  As soon as this suspect saw Thomas looking at him he got onto his bicycle and rode off.  Thomas began following this suspect while calling for police assistance.  Thomas followed the suspect, later identified as 55 year old Samuel Lee Cox, to 2600 E. Union Hills where the suspect went into a wash and Thomas lost sight of him. Phoenix Police officers arrived in the area and a perimeter was established.  Several minutes later the suspect was located, detained and positively identified by Thomas.  The subject still had broken glass inside his pockets, and later confessed to the crime.

A background check on Samuel Cox showed he is career criminal. Mr. Cox had a felony warrant at the time of his arrest, he was wearing a probation ankle bracelet and he was found to be in possession of stolen property from another burglary.   

On Monday, December 10, 2012 Mr. Rowe was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from Black Mountain Precinct Commander Joe Klima on behalf of Chief of Police Daniel V. Garcia and a gift card from the officers who cover the 224 beat for his actions on November 20th. “These are the actions that define community involvement in crime suppression” said Commander Klima”.   

“I always pay attention to what’s going on around me and I was very glad to be able to help our police” Mr. Rowe stated upon receiving the award.

Thanks for the assist Sir!