Tampering with campaign signs is a crime

Tampering with campaign signs is a crime

If it's an election year, that must mean it's time to attack campaign signs. According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, campaign signs placed within incorporated and unincorporated areas of Yavapai County have been vandalized and stolen.

The YCSO reminds the public that anyone who knowingly removes, alters or defaces a campaign sign is guilty of a crime. Depending on the nature of the activity, charges can include vandalism, theft, trespassing and even burglary if the crime occurs within specified fence lands and certain defined structures. Many of the signs posted throughout Yavapai County that adjoin major roadways are, in fact, on private property and placed with the respective landowner's permission.

The Arizona Revised Statue also includes a law specific to the tampering of political signs 45 days prior to a primary election and ending seven days after the general election. The primary election this year is scheduled for Sept. 2 and this law will become four months in jail and a $750 fine. (ARS 16-1019).

YCSO encourages anyone who sees someone tampering with political signs, or has information regarding individuals who have stolen or defaced campaign signs, to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 or YCSO at (928) 771-3260.

Burgling cars in Sedona

On July 8 at 10:45 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a reported vehicle burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Cathedral Vista Drive, near Chavez Ranch Road in Sedona. The victim told deputies the theft took place between 11:30 p.m. on July 7 and 10:30 a.m. on July 8.

The victim explained that she left her vehicle unlocked with her purse still inside. On the morning of July 8, she discovered that an I-Pod, two endorsed checks and about $120 in cash were stolen from her purse. The victim recalled hearing noises at about 4 a.m. on July 8 but did not investigate the source or contact YCSO.

On July 9 at around 11 a.m., there was another report of a vehicle burglary in the 200 block of Concho Drive in the Village of Oak Creek. The victim told deputies that someone had stolen several valuable electronic items from his vehicle. He was not sure if the theft occurred while his vehicle was parked at home or at another location in the area while he was running errands.

It was determined the vehicle door was unlocked. Reported taken were a Nikon D-70 digital camera, Nikon 24mm wide angle lens, Sigma 28-300mm zoom lens, lens filters, memory flash cards, Tamrac camera case and an iPod digital car transmitter. The total value exceeds $2,000. The victim thought the property was safe because it was stored on the floor of the vehicle and covered.

Although not in immediate proximity to the vehicle burglary reported July 8 near Sedona, this second incident is an indication suspects are finding exposed and unlocked vehicles.

YCSO reminds everyone to "Make Common Sense a Habit." Always remove valuables from your car and lock the vehicle, especially when parked outside overnight. Just placing items out of view will not prevent the theft, as suspects commonly will thoroughly search all interior areas of a vehicle looking for property. Many vehicle burglaries are a crime of opportunity, and suspects will case vehicles in a neighborhood by checking for unlocked vehicle doors and then look for valuables inside. If required to park outside, attempt to keep the vehicle in a well lighted area and visible to you and your neighbors.

If anyone has information regarding this burglary, contact Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 or the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260.

Felony warrant arrest

Yavapai County Adult Probation called in the Cottonwood Police Department to the location of a woman wanted on a felony warrant July 8 at 5:44 p.m. When officers arrived, probation officers had Samantha N. Marshall sitting on a curb at 740 E. Mingus Ave. A dispatch check showed she had a valid felony warrant out of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Marshall was arrested and initially transported to CPD and later taken to the county jail in Camp Verde.

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