Homeless Burglar Finds Shelter At County Jail


Dennis Eugene Lill, 23, whose identification lists him as homeless, has found a place to reside. Many of his roommates fondly refer to it as the "Gila Hilton." Law enforcement calls it the Gila County jail.

Lill was arrested Thursday as an accomplice in the Dec. 10 burglary of three businesses between Rye and Punkin Center.

Shane Tyler Johnson, 27, was arrested Dec. 13 for his part in the burglaries after he was identified by an employee of one of the businesses. Johnson had fallen through the roof and struggled with the employee who was sleeping in the building.

Gila County Detective Brian Havey interviewed Johnson and developed the information regarding Lill's involvement. Havey said Lill was the driver of the getaway car during the three burglaries and would enter the businesses after Johnson broke in.

Lill's arrest resulted following a search warrant at an East Phoenix Street residence. The warrant was served based on information provided by Johnson.

Havey said they recovered a bank bag believed to have been stolen during one of the burglaries, as well as burglary tools. Additionally, there was electronic equipment and tools which Havey said may or may not have been taken during other burglaries.

"We won't know if the bank bag was from one of the burglaries until we have it identified by the owner," Havey said. "This investigation is ongoing and may involve additional charges."

Lill was booked into the Gila County jail on three counts each of burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and theft. Bond was set at $5,000.

Star Valley burglary solved

Traci Diane Gerard Stewart, 39, was arrested Dec. 21 on burglary and theft charges in connection with the Nov. 30 burglary of a Star Valley residence.

"She literally cleaned out the house," Gila County Detective Brian Havey said. "Everything from a computer, DVD, VCR, stereo and bedding to meat in the freezer."

Havey said 90 to 95 percent of the property, valued at $5,000, was recovered from Stewart's residence in Dealers Choice. The investigation also led to the recovery of a stolen motorcycle.

Stewart was booked into the Gila County jail on one count each of burglary, possession of burglary tools and theft.

Havey said Stewart was released to her father's custody the following morning.

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