Staff photo by Angela De Welles
COTTONWOOD Detective David Ross examines evidence obtained during Friday's search of a Cottonwood home. A floor safe, guns, $3,000 in cash, a coin collection and a 100-ounce bar of silver were taken during a burglary committeed in Prescott Valley, according to police.
He is also charged with theft for reportedly taking some items from those units. Between Feb. 8 and Feb. 12, the Cottonwood Police Department received reports of 36 storage unit burglaries.
According to police, Barnes illegally entered the storage unit complexes, cut the locks off, entered the units and removed property from inside some of the units. As of Feb. 12, 22 guns and other miscellaneous property had been reported stolen.
Police got a break in the case during the late night hours of Feb. 12. A Cottonwood Police officer made contact with a suspicious person in the area of a local storage unit complex. After that, investigators were able to gather enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.
The warrant was executed at 2193 Arrowhead Lane in Cottonwood. During that search, officers found 22 stolen guns from the Cottonwood burglaries.
In addition, a floor safe, four additional guns, over $3,000 in cash, a coin collection and a 100-ounce bar of silver were found. Those items were from a burglary committed in Prescott Valley, according to police.
Barnes was arrested and booked into the YCSO jail on 36 counts of burglary, 36 counts of trespassing, 36 counts of criminal damage, possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cottonwood Detective David Ross said Barnes was free on a $5,000 bond.
Ross also said many of the victims have not contacted police yet. According to Ross, most of the reported stolen property has been recovered. He said some miscellaneous items are still missing.