An East Valley real estate agent suspected of using his credentials to burglarize homes in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa is out on bail and has had his license suspended, officials said.
Chandler Police arrested 35-year-old Paul Stolarik Thursday at his home in Queen Creek, according to court records.
Detectives with the Chandler Police Department's Property Crimes Unit began an investigation after being notified that jewelry was stolen from a home in December 2017, Maricopa County court records say.
Through the course of the investigation detectives discovered four additional burglaries with a similar pattern: the victim's residence was listed for sale, jewelry was stolen from the master bedroom and the same real estate agent, Stolarik, showed the home, Chandler police said in court documents.
Court documents allege that Stolarik scheduled "showings" for homes listed through the Multiple Listing Service and would then use his lock box code to access a key and gain entrance to the home.
Matthew Consalvo, CEO for Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, said the organization keeps track of commercial and residential real estate for sale, and the service is only available to licensed real estate professionals in the state.
Police interviewed Stolarik after his arrest, and he admitted to entering homes and stealing jewelry from the master bedrooms. He couldn't provide the exact number of times he had "showed" a home with the intent to steal, according to a probable cause statement. Stolarik told police that 60 to 70 percent of the homes he had shown were for legitimate purposes.
There is a possibility Stolarik may have been involved in other unsolved burglaries, police said in court documents.
According to Arizona Department of Real Estate records, Stolarik began working as a licensed agent in Arizona in September 2014.
The department issued an order Friday directing that Stolarik's sales license be summarily suspended, said Louis Dettorre, a spokesman for Arizona Department of Real Estate.
"The suspension was based on a criminal complaint charging Stolarik with five counts of Burglary Second Degree and using his real estate credentials to commit the burglaries," Dettorre said.
Stolarik was released on bail Friday with electronic monitoring and under the supervision of Maricopa County's Pretrial Services Division, according to court documents. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 8 in Maricopa County Superior Court.