Phoenix’s ‘Rock Burglar’ Sentenced to 20 Years

By BRIAN SKOLOFF | August 9, 2013

An elusive burglar who broke into hundreds of homes over nearly two decades by smashing rocks through windows has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

Robert James Neese, of Mayer, Ariz., received a sentence of 22 years and nine months, but was given credit for the more than two years he has already been behind bars since his arrest.

Authorities believe Neese is the so-called Rock Burglar who smashed the windows of homes he was breaking into while owners were away, including former Vice President Dan Quayle’s residence.

Investigators say he stole an estimated $10 million in jewelry, cash and other items over about 17 years.

Neese was convicted in April on eight counts of burglary and seven counts of theft for break-ins between 1999 and 2004.

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