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Neighbors React to "Rock Burglar" Suspect Arrest

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Bond is set at nearly $2 million for the so-called "Rock Burglar."

A man is suspected of breaking into upscale valley homes for more than 15 years - stealing millions of dollars worth of property.

Investigators finally tracked him down last week.

The suspect lives northwest of the valley in the small town of Spring Valley. It appears he was not living the lavish lifestyle of a high-end jewel thief.

A single wide mobile home in the sleepy town of Spring Valley. That's where accused 'rock burglar' Robert James Neese has lived for the last eight years.

"It's a good place to live if you're going to hide out."

This neighbor says she didn't know the 58-year-old Neese who kept to himself, but others say they got to know him pretty well.

"He would come over to our house..he's watch our house when we'd be gone, we'd watch when he'd go," said Jeannie Wesolowski.

Neighbors say Neese would often spend his time at home working on the front yard or his house, but what did he do for money?

"He drew his social security and he said he did jobs in Phoenix..I guess he did do odd jobs, didn't he?"

Could Neese's odd jobs actually be hundreds of residential burglaries in the valley since 1993?

Scottsdale police believe Neese is the infamous "Rock Burglar" who broke into upscale valley homes and has stolen between $7 and $10 million of high value items, mostly jewelry.

Robert Neese, the nice neighbor with the charming yard who was always willing to help.

But now Jeannie is reminded of her diamond necklace that disappeared from her home about three years ago.

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