Peoria house burglars flee with safe containing rifles

Peoria AZ police vehicle
Peoria police file photo

By Chris Caraveo
Independent Newsmedia

A safe, two rifles, two gaming systems and video games.

Those are the items two Mesa brothers are suspected of stealing from a house in Peoria back in February, according to court documents.

Luis Garcia-Gallardo (Peoria PD)

The Peoria Police Department on Thursday arrested Luis Garcia-Gallardo, 19, and Joshua Garcia-Gallardo, 18, for one count each of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony.

The arrests stem from an incident back on Feb. 14, when two suspects broke into a home near Lake Pleasant Parkway and Beardsley Road.

According to records, Joshua entered the home first through a doggie door in the backyard. He then unlocked the back door for his brother.

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Once inside, the gathered a white Playstation 4, an Xbox, video games, and a tall safe containing two rifles, records show.

Prior to leaving, the suspects removed their masks and checked for recording cameras. However, they did not find the one recording them.

Police said Luis exited the home to get his vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Camry. Police determined it to be the suspect vehicle due to comments the brothers made to each other prior to leaving the house.

Joshua Garcia-Gallardo (MCSO)

Video footage from a traffic camera at Beardsley Road and 83rd Avenue caught the vehicle as well with the rear passenger door partially open. Police learned Luis has a 1998 Camry registered to him.

In a news release announcing the arrest, Peoria police said tips from the community led to the identity of the suspects. Police arrested the Garcia-Gallardos in Mesa, where they live with family. According to records, Joshua was 17 at the time of the incident and turned 18 in March.

The Peoria Police Department made the public aware of the burglary the day after the incident occurred. They released images and video of the incident, which gained significant attention and produced several tips.

After their arrest, the Garcia-Gallardos denied being involved in the burglary.

Joshua was released on his own recognizance, while Luis was found to be not bailable due to a prior felony and failing to appear in court. A bench warrant had been issued for his arrest. They have court dates scheduled April 19 and 23.

The stolen items, valued at about $1,500, remain missing.

This story appears in the Daily News-Sun April 14 edition, page 4. Read more at

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