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PCSO: Man self-surrenders in AZ burglary spree

Zachary Nelson (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Zachary Nelson (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
John Gaitland (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) John Gaitland (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Robert Acuna (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Robert Acuna (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

An Arizona City man turned himself in Thursday for several burglaries he said he committed in Pinal County, sheriff's deputies said.

Zachary Nelson, 26, then identified two accomplices, 24-year-old John Gaitland and 37-year-old Robert Acuna. Both are from Arizona City.

Nelson approached an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer on patrol and admitted to four burglaries, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said. 

Nelson told authorities he had also stolen a vehicle from one of the homes, PCSO said. Sheriff's detectives located the vehicle in a desert area before a truck stop in Eloy.

Detectives followed Nelson as he led them to each of the victims' homes. He then took authorities to his own home and pointed out items he had stolen.   

During the course of the investigation, Nelson told sheriff's detectives the rest of the stolen property was located at a home occupied by Gaitland and Acuna.

Nelson was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and criminal damage.

On Friday, PCSO mobilized its SWAT team to secure the home while detectives served a search warrant.  

Just before SWAT officers arrived, Gaitland and Acuna drove off.  They were located and arrested. Deputies said Acuna was carrying a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamines.

Inside the home, detectives said they found stolen firearms, electronics, digital scales, stolen credit cards and checks, lawn equipment, tools, ammunition and other items. One of firearms also had its serial number altered, PCSO said.

Gaitland is a prohibited possessor of firearms because of prior felony convictions. Narcotics and other drug paraphernalia were also found during the search.

Gaitland and Acuna were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing, criminal damage, possession of stolen property and several drug-related charges.  

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