Arson suspected in car fire investigation<br>

Fire destroyed a car Monday morning in the 100 block of 13 Street and authorities believe the cause of the fire is arson.

Cottonwood police and fire crews responded to the call at 1:43 a.m.

According to police, a liquor bottle was found on the front seat of a white 1987 Buick and authorities believe an accelerate in the bottle started the fire.

Police responded to a call of a possibly burglary at the same residence only 45 minutes earlier. The homeowner told police two Hispanics in a small white car had tried to break into her home and car but fled when she opened her front door.

Police were unable to locate the white car and only a partial description was made of one of the suspects. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5-feet, 6-inches tall, with spiked hair.

Damage to the Buick was estimated at $1,500, police said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Cottonwood man arrested on burglary warrant

A Cottonwood man believed to have stolen jewelry and a Bible from a home in the 200 block of Main Street in December was arrested at his residence Jan. 21 on a Cottonwood police search warrant.

Richard Arden Holmgren, 46, was arrested at 305 N. Organ Pipe St. for allegedly stealing a diamond band, a gold wedding ring, a Bible and a suitcase full of clothes, with a total estimated value of $2,300.

Holmgren was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property, trafficking in stolen property, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office in Camp Verde.

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