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Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 2:56 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mesa police have arrested one of two men believed to be involved in a burglary at a pizzeria where several thousands of dollars were stolen from a fundraiser benefiting the family of two young brothers killed in an alcohol-related crash days earlier.

Mesa police told the Tribune this week that Gino Calabria, 29, of Mesa, was arrested at a home in Black Canyon City on Jan. 30 on suspicion of burglary and criminal damage, according to Detective Steven Berry, a Mesa police spokesman.

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Berry said investigators likely kept quiet about Calabria’s arrest in an attempt to locate the second suspect. Calabria remains uncooperative with authorities, and no money has been recovered, Berry said.

Calabria’s ex-wife and sister-in-law recognized him and called authorities after seeing video surveillance footage of two men breaking into Pizza Fusion, 5735 E. McKellips Road, on Jan. 25, according to a police report.

The money was raised for the family of Frank “CJ” Smith, 11, and Nolan Smith, 6, of Mesa, who were killed in a Jan. 9 crash at Elliot and Sossaman roads in southeast Mesa. Travis Cuevas, 18, of Mesa, the driver of the pickup truck that crashed into the car, was indicted by a Maricopa County grand jury last month. He was charged with two counts of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and three counts of aggravated assault.

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