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Man accused of burglaries at resorts

Citizen Staff Writer



Sheriff’s detectives have an arrest warrant for a man in connection with a rash of resort burglaries.

Christopher John McCulloch, 34, is being sought on charges of burglary and theft, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Dawn Barkman said Tuesday.

The heists were from guest rooms in four high-end resorts from Dec. 22 to Jan. 28, Barkman said.

No resort guests were confronted in any of the burgled rooms, many of which were not rented at the time of the crime, said Detective Lt. Gary Anderson.

“There is no evidence of inside help,” Anderson said of the ability to target unoccupied rooms.

Anderson would not discuss how the rooms were burglarized.

Anderson said there were as many as 17 or 18 heists believed committed at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive; Canyon Ranch Spa, 8600 E. Rockcliff Road; Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive; and Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, 5601 North Hacienda del Sol Road.

Most of the stolen property. which was worth thousands of dollars, included flat-screen televisions ranging in size from 10-inch to 42-inch screens, Anderson said.

He said personal items, such as wallets and cameras, were taken from some of the rented rooms.

A special uniformed patrol squad, the directed patrol unit, was assigned to patrol around the victimized resorts, said Bureau Chief Richard Kastigar.

Anderson asked that anyone knowing McCulloch’s whereabouts or anything about any of the burglaries call 911 or 88-CRIME.

Resort officials from La Paloma, Canyon Ranch and Ventana Canyon would not comment on the case.

A spokesperson at Hacienda del Sol could not be reached.

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