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Arrest made after break-in at Democrat Katie Hobbs’ campaign headquarters in Arizona

Democrats were quick to claim Hobbs' GOP opponent, Kari Lake, was responsible for the burglary because of her rhetoric. Lake responded by suggesting the break-in was staged.

Police on Thursday said they have made an arrest in connection with a burglary at the campaign headquarters of Katie Hobbs, the Democratic nominee for governor of Arizona.

Phoenix police said they arrested Daniel Mota Dos Reis, 36, on a single count of third-degree burglary. There does not appear to be any evidence that the break-in was politically motivated.

Still, the burglary has sparked accusations at both ends of the political spectrum, even before police announced they had arrested a suspect. Democrats claimed GOP opponent Kari Lake’s election denialism is to blame, while Lake suggested the break-in was staged.

Asked at an event Wednesday about the break-in, Lake told CNN, “It sounds like a Jussie Smollett part two,” a reference to the actor who staged a fake crime against himself in 2019.

Lake’s campaign later confirmed her quote to NBC News.

Hobbs' campaign manager, Nicole DeMont, responded Thursday to Lake's remarks.

"Kari Lake’s preposterous allegation that this break-in was staged is unfounded and her refusal to condemn the threats that have become common in our politics continues to stoke chaos," she said in a statement.

Katie Hobbs, right, at a press conference outside the Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse
Katie Hobbs, right, at a press conference outside the Evo A. DeConcini U.S. Courthouse on Oct. 7, 2022 in Tucson, Ariz.Mario Tama / Getty Images

A police spokesperson said Wednesday that officers responded to a call about a break-in Tuesday and determined that items had been taken from the office Monday night.

Democrats were quick to point the finger at Lake, who's backed by Trump, claiming she was directly responsible for the break-in.

“Make no mistake — this is a direct result of Kari Lake and fringe Republicans spreading lies and hate and inciting violence — and it is despicable,” the Arizona Democratic Party said in a statement Wednesday.

The burglary comes amid reports of voter intimidation in Arizona, where Hobbs, as secretary of state, is the top election official. On Monday, her office said it had referred more cases to the state attorney general’s office and the U.S. Justice Department for further investigation.

In a statement Wednesday, Hobbs' campaign tied the reports of alleged voter intimidation to Lake and other election deniers.

“Let’s be clear: for nearly two years Kari Lake and her allies have been spreading dangerous misinformation and inciting threats against anyone they see fit. The threats against Arizonans attempting to exercise their constitutional rights and their attacks on elected officials are the direct result of a concerted campaign of lies and intimidation,” DeMont said.

She added that “Hobbs and her staff have faced hundreds of death threats and threats of violence over the course of this campaign.”