On November 14th, 2012 the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call related to a burglary which had occurred at a residence in the 8700 block of West Nugget Road, Casa Grande. Deputies responded and spoke with the male and female victim who reported while they were out of town, somebody unknown had entered into their home, broken into their bedroom and the family safe and removed over $5,000 worth of jewelry, guns and money.
Deputies checked the outside of the home and did not see any signs of forced entry. While speaking to the victims, it was discovered their sons friend, Allan Wells at times has had access to their home. Deputies processed the scene and continued their investigation.
On November 15th, 2012 deputies located Allan Wells (age 20 of Casa Grande) walking on a roadway in Casa Grande. When they stopped to speak with him, Wells initially denied being involved with the burglary but later admitted it and said, “take me to jail I did it.” Wells then went into details and described how he and Justin McWhirter broke the lock on the bedroom door and stole items from the safe. Wells agreed to show deputies where he and McWhirter were hiding the property in the desert including the location of one of handguns they buried in the sand.
Some of the victims property was located after Wells showed deputies and burglary detectives where it was buried. Allan said that he and McWhirter had been smoking methamphetamines before the burglary so he wasn’t thinking about what he was doing when they broke in.
Allan Wells was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count each of Burglary in the First Degree and Theft.
On November 16th, 2012 JustinMcWhirter (age 22 of Casa Grande) was located at the home of his parents. McWhirter also confessed to the burglary as well and helped us in locating more of the stolen property.
Justin McWhirter was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for one count each of Burglary in the First Degree and Theft.