On Tuesday, January 29th Tempe Police arrested 31 year old, William A. Keeling (DOB: 5/27/1981) after breaking into a house and running from police. At about 1:50 PM Tempe Police received a 911 emergency call from a frantic Tempe resident stating a stranger (William Keeling) had entered her house, in the vicinity of Hardy and Broadway Roads. The victim told police she was hiding and that Keeling had just been knocking on her front door. When she did not answer the door, Keeling went to her backyard and forced entry into the house.
Tempe patrol officers arrived on scene within 2 minutes, and located Keeling in the backyard of the victim’s residence. Police identified themselves and Keeling fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit Keeling was taken into custody.
During an interview with officers, Keeling admitted to going to the front door of the residence and knocking to make sure nobody was home. Keeling also admitted to looking through the window to see if anybody was inside. Keeling said he saw a package for the resident at the front door, which he grabbed and took with him. When he thought nobody was home he went to the backyard of the residence and forced entry into the house. While inside he heard the victim talking to police and he immediately attempted to flee the area. When confronted by Tempe police, Keeling attempted to get away by running through the neighborhood and ultimately through a business, where he was taken into custody.
A search of Keeling’s property revealed that he was in possession of a handgun and burglary tools. Keeling was booked into Tempe City Jail and is currently facing one count of 1st degree Burglary, possession of burglary tools, theft and criminal trespass.
Tempe Police have seen an increase in burglaries where the suspect first knocks on the front door to see if anybody is home. If there is no answer and it is believed nobody is home, the burglar will then go to the back of the house and force entry into the residence. If you are at home and somebody knocks on your door, make it known that there are people present in the home – for instance by turning on lights. If you do not know the subject, do not open the door.