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June 24, 2013

Brian Chase. (Photo: Silent Witness)

Police need your help solving the hit-and-run death of Brian Chase.

"He was a really nice kid," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch. "Everyone that we've talked to, including his mom and dad, say that he always had a smile on his face. He was a local resident and had just recently started riding a motorcycle. It was something he always wanted to do."

Brian was killed while driving west on Camelback at 46th Avenue. It was Thursday, May 9, 2013 about 7 p.m.

Burch believes there are three key clues that may help solve this case.

"First, we have a description of the vehicle. It's a white Chevy or Ford extended cab pick-up. Next, we have a description of the driver which is very rare in these types of cases. He's white, in his 50s, about 6-feet-tall with a heavy-set build and dirty blonde, thinning hair. Finally, we know the suspect was pulling out of the Discount Cab dispatch center parking lot. The suspect must have some connection to that location."

To read more about this case, click here.

Our next case proves you can never be too careful. Even if you live in a gated community with surveillance cameras, you need to lock your car.

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, just before 5:30 a.m., this suspect jumped the wall into a gated apartment complex near 16th Avenue and Buckeye and went on a treasure hunt. Surveillance video shows he found two unlocked cars.

"Once he got into the cars, he was also able to access the trunks and steal stuff from there as well," said Burch.

The guy bagged up his goodies then hopped back over the wall and walked away.

To read more about this case, click here.

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More on what you do (at work): I put up with Mac & Gaydos every day as well as writing and anchoring newscasts and doing some reporting. I also produce Silent Witness which airs every Monday morning.

Education: I started in radio during high school and kept with it. I also graduated from modeling school, but quickly realized it isn't what I love to do…radio is.

Family: Married. One pet…a cat named Molly (but she thinks her name is Princess).

Favorite food: I love anything cheesy or chocolatey.

Favorite spot in Arizona: Our family cabin in Strawberry.

Favorite news memory: Too many to list but I remember one time I helped rescue a litter of puppies found in a hole on an empty lot…

Favorite movie: I like too many to list any one as a favorite. I don't like sad movies so my LEAST favorite is Marley & Me!

First job: Washing dishes at the restaurant my friend's parents owned when I was 13.

First concert: Rick Springfield at the Arizona State Fair in 1981.

#1 sports team: Suns, Diamondbacks and Cardinals

Outside interests: I sing with the band at church, I bake, I read and I treasure hunt at thrift stores and yard sales. I also love to travel…but not if I have to drive.


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