Tempe Police Arrest Serial Burglars

On 08/11/2014 Tempe Police arrested 18 year old Chris Vega (DOB: 05/07/1996) and 18 year old Noah Cobbs (DOB: 06/30/1996) for multiple counts of residential burglary, attempted burglary, trafficking Stolen Property, and Trespass. This concluded an in depth investigation that began four weeks ago when patrol officers started seeing a burglary trend of second story apartments.


During interviews both suspects they admitted to details of specific burglaries they had committed and details of the apartments they burglarized. Some of the details included the residents they ran into while in these apartments, one sleeping, one showering and one walking through the apartment who then confronted them, causing them to flee.


Both suspects admitted they would target only those apartments that were found to be unsecure and easily accessed.


Investigation also led officer to 18 year old Nathaniel Goudeau (DOB:10/03/1995) who assisted in getting rid of the stolen property. Goudeau was arrested for Trafficking in Stolen Property and Possession of Stolen Property.


This continues to be an ongoing investigation and anybody with more information is asked to contact the Tempe Police Department.

Police Chief Tom Ryff Selected to Receive NOBLE Award

Tempe Chief of Police Tom Ryff has been selected to receive the “Friend of NOBLE Award” from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

The Friend of NOBLE award recognizes a public leader who has demonstrated himself/herself as a highly competent public servant at the forefront of providing solutions for law enforcement issues and concerns in the community.  Emphasis is placed on choosing a leader who exemplifies a commitment to diversity and to the community.

Chief Patrick Melvin, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Chief of Police and NOBLE Executive Leadership will present the award to Chief Ryff the evening of March 20, at the Formal Tempe City Council meeting shortly after 7:30 p.m.  Also in attendance will be representatives from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), including the Reverend Oscar Tillman, President, and members of the Tempe History Museum’s African American Advisory Committee.

NOBLE Executive Board Member Glendale Police Cmdr. Andre Anderson stated, “Chief Ryff has consistently demonstrated leadership and dedication to creating an environment where inclusiveness and transparency are a fundamental part of the decision-making process in resolving challenges facing our community and region.”

Chief Ryff has placed strong emphasis on creating a workplace and workforce that values and promotes inclusiveness and excellence.  A trusted community police organization starts with recruiting and hiring diverse, exceptional individuals, assuring we are reaching out to all populations and minority groups, and that we are dedicated to serving and protecting all the people of our community.

Chief Ryff has been consistent in his dedication to assure that the Tempe Police Department is a high-performing, high-morale organization that excels in delivering the highest quality police services, promotes direct community involvement, provides a safe, supportive environment for employees and their development, and is prepared to meet the increased public safety challenges of the future for our community.

Police Officer Recruit and Lateral Applications Open

The City of Tempe will be accepting police officer recruit and lateral applications beginning Monday, March 3, through Monday, March 17, 2014.  No applications will be accepted after midnight on March 17, 2014.


Those interested should visit www.tempe.gov/policejobs and click on the link in the orange box.  This will provide the latest details about the testing process to include application availability and test information.  Applicants selected to move forward in the testing process will receive email notification confirming the time and location of the written examination and physical agility tests, which are scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2014.


The hiring process includes the following phases:


•            Written Examination

•            Physical Agility Test

•            Panel Interview

•            Background Investigation

•            Polygraph Examination

•            Psychological Evaluation

•            Medical Examination


“The Tempe Police Department emphasizes leadership and innovation,” said Chief of Police Tom Ryff.  “We are strongly committed to creating an environment conducive to achieving excellence and supporting employees; we provide ongoing training and development opportunities so that our organization is prepared to meet the public safety needs of the future.  It is fundamentally important that our officers earn the trust, confidence and respect of those we serve.  That starts with recruiting and hiring diverse, exceptional individuals committed to the service and protection of our community.”


For more information, please visit www.tempe.gov/policejobs

Tempe Police Searching for Bank Robbery Suspects


Tempe Police Department 

Tempe Police is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating two suspects that committed a bank robbery on 12/31/13 around 5:30 PM at the Arizona Federal Credit Union, located at 855 W. Baseline Road, Tempe. The first suspect went into the bank and handed the teller a note implying he was robbing the bank and demanding the money.

As the first suspect was in the bank the other suspect waited outside and appeared to be working as a look-out while the bank. The teller complied and gave the money to the suspect who then fled the scene with the money. Both suspects were not located and still remain unidentified at this time.

As the first suspect was in the bank the other suspect waited outside and appeared to be working as a look-out while the bank. The teller complied and gave the money to the suspect who then fled the scene with the money. Both suspects were not located and still remain unidentified at this time.

It is believed the same suspects also robbed the same bank on 10/31/13 and also robbed another bank in Ahwatukee on 12/23/13.

If anybody has information they are asked to contact the Tempe Police Department (480-350-8311) or Silent Witness.

Suspect Description (s):

 S#1: H/M, 5’8”‐6’0”/190‐220, mid 30’s – 40’s years old, thick mustache and thin beard

LSW: Blue and green “heavy duty” button up long sleeve work shirt, jeans, a black baseball cap, athletic shoes‐possibly Jordan style, sunglasses and black wig with straight hair.

S#2: H/M, mid 30’s to early 40’s years old, unknown height and weight, clean shaven

LSW: Black baseball hat, gray undershirt, long sleeve button up shirt with vertical lines, jeans and black shoes.


Sergeant Michael Pooley