Weapons stolen from Forest Service vehicle

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported that a Forest Service vehicle containing weapons was allegedly stolen from a YCSO deputy's residence in Bridgeport on Jan. 25 at approximately 2 a.m.

According to the police report, the Forest Service officer had parked the vehicle at his residence and notice it missing the next morning at 7 a.m. Police report that the vehicle was located about a mile away from the residence with the passenger window broken out.

According to the police report, an AR-15 government issue rifle, a Remington 870 shotgun, a global positioning system, a pair of binoculars, an IBM laptop computer and 100 rounds of ammunition were allegedly stolen from the vehicle. Deputies report that thieves allegedly used a hide-a-key, stored on the vehicle to drive it away.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to please call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

Cottonwood identity theft arrest

Cottonwood police report the arrest of Kimberly Joann Craycraft, 35, of Cottonwood on Jan. 26.

According to police, Craycraft faces charges of fraudulent schemes, identity theft and forgery.

Officers responded to Wells Fargo Bank, 1201 Arizona 89A in Cottonwood, to a report of fraud. According to police, Craycraft, a bank employee, allegedly obtained $1,000 through a checking account she allegedly created using the identity of a bank customer on Nov. 18, 2003. Craycraft allegedly used her computer at work to transfer the funds from a customer's checking account into another using a customer's name with a different address, then allegedly made two cash withdraws.

According to the police report, Craycraft had worked in a department of the bank where she could open new accounts. The bank routinely sends verification to customers and to other departments showing address changes for security. The report states that the customer contacted bank employees and alleges that the address change was invalid.

According to the report, bank officials told police that it was not unusual for Craycraft to make cash withdrawals for customers, but bank investigators became suspicious when the customer's address had been displayed as being changed without their consent. According to the police report, Craycraft allegedly confessed to taking the money when questioned by bank investigators and, later, by police.

Police report that Craycraft was transported to Yavapai County Jail Facility in Camp Verde.


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