Cameras, Witness Aid Capture Of Burglary Suspect

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In less than a minute, one speedy thief broke through the front door lock of Overman Designs jewelry store, pried open several cases, grabbed handfuls of jewelry worth more than $2,500 and disappeared into the night.

But he wasn’t quick enough, because video surveillance cameras were rolling the whole time. In just 18 hours, police arrested Daniel E. Spedding, 38, of Scottsdale, on charges of third degree burglary, felony theft and criminal damage, thanks to video evidence and a witness.

Owners Chad and Melissa Overman say they are overwhelmingly grateful to the Payson and Scottsdale Police Departments for their hard work.

“The police did a great job, they stayed with us, made sure we were OK and kept us informed,” Melissa said. “They were just professional and very much on the ball.”

“It is crazy the quality of service they offer,” Chad said.

The Overmans first learned their store, which they opened just two years ago, had been broken into July 8, just minutes after a thief broke through the front door, setting off their alarm system.

Melissa said by the time Chad arrived at the store, just after 11:30 p.m., the store was already crawling with officers.

After officers collected evidence from the scene, they reviewed the Overman’s surveillance tapes and interviewed a witness who saw the whole burglary take place. Melissa said they got a clear image of the man from half a dozen cameras posted throughout the inside of the store as well as outside.

In addition, police identified the suspect’s vehicle and license plate number from the witness. With this information, it was not hard for police to identify Spedding as a suspect.

With help from the Scottsdale Police Department, a search warrant was issued for Spedding’s Scottsdale home and vehicle.

During a search of the home and vehicle, all of the stolen jewelry and display stands were recovered along with the clothing worn by Spedding during the break-in. Police also found Spedding’s wife wearing some of the jewelry, including two bangles. Also located in his residence were useable amounts of methamphetamine and a firearm, police said in a press release.

Melissa estimates Spedding grabbed two handfuls worth of jewelry, roughly 30 pieces, totaling less than $2,500.

Melissa said they lock their expensive jewelry up in a secure safe each night and only leave inexpensive jewelry in locked store cases.

Although the Overmans feel their store is secure with the number of cameras they have installed as well as their safe and security system, they plan to install a metal grate that is lowered over the front windows at night.

“I don’t want this to happen again,” Chad said.

On July 10, Spedding pled not guilty in a Gila County courtroom. He was released on $2,000 bond. Days after his release, Payson Det. Mike Varga received a call from Spedding who said he still had several pieces of jewelry from the Overman’s store at his home. Spedding turned the jewelry over to the Scottsdale Police Department.

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