A man has been charged in the Monday night burglary of the campaign headquarters for the Democratic candidate for Arizona, and the police didn’t have to go far to find him.
The man, Daniel Mota Dos Reis, 36, was already in jail on Wednesday after his arrest in connection with a separate burglary at a commercial property that had happened earlier that day, according to the Phoenix Police Department.
On Wednesday night, a police officer saw images of the burglar during the break-in at the campaign office of Katie Hobbs on the news and recognized him as the suspect who had been arrested in the separate burglary, the police said on Thursday.
That officer contacted the jail, and Mr. Dos Reis was rearrested in connection with the break-in at the campaign headquarters, the police said.
He was booked on one count of third-degree burglary, the police said. It was not clear if Mr. Dos Reis had a lawyer.
“The recovered stolen items were returned to the victims,” the police said in a statement.
Phoenix police officers responded to a burglary call at the campaign headquarters on Tuesday afternoon, said Sgt. Phil Krynsky, a spokesman for the department. He declined to specify what items had been taken, saying the investigation was still active.
Ms. Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state, and the Republican candidate, Kari Lake, a conservative former TV news anchor, are in the final days of a tight contest for Arizona governor.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Hobbs campaign referred to the intimidation it said its workers have faced and “dangerous disinformation” it says the Lake campaign has spread.
“Secretary Hobbs and her staff have faced hundreds of death threats and threats of violence over the course of this campaign,” said Nicole DeMont, Ms. Hobbs’s campaign manager. “Throughout this race, we have been clear that the safety of our staff and of the secretary is our number one priority.”
Ms. Lake told CNN on Wednesday that the statement from Ms. Hobbs’s campaign was “absurd,” and that “this sounds like a Jussie Smollett Part II,” referring to the actor who was convicted of filing a false police report that he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Ms. Hobbs’s campaign said in a statement on Thursday that Ms. Lake’s “preposterous allegation that this break-in was staged is unfounded.”
The two candidates are a study in contrasts: Ms. Hobbs is an understated elected official who runs an office responsible for administering elections and overseeing state archives, while Ms. Lake, a Trump protégé who contests the results of the 2020 presidential election, relishes political combat.
Republicans have taunted Ms. Hobbs since she declined to participate in a televised debate against her opponent.