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Cottonwood couple arrested for VOC and Sedona burglaries

Ryan Hamman

Ryan Hamman

SEDONA -- On June 23, a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a residential burglary in the 400 block of Verde Valley School Road in the Village of Oak Creek. The homeowner had been gone several days, and, upon returning, discovered that two firearms, ammunition, silver coins and assorted jewelry had been taken.

The man believed his daughter, 19-year-old Stefanie Fischer, was involved, he said, because of her alleged illicit drug use. He told the officers that his daughter was staying at a Cottonwood home in the 1300 block of Paradise Drive.

The next day, deputies went to the home. When they arrived, residents told deputies that a man, 27-year-old Ryan Hamman, had just run from the house into a field. After a brief search, Hamman was found hiding in some tall bushes.

He was detained along with Stephanie Fischer. Deputies arrested Hamman on charges of for resisting arrest and a probation violation. Hamman was transported and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Fischer denied any involvement in the theft from her father's house.

On June 28, a deputy returned to the Paradise Drive home and spoke with Hamman's family. Hamman had been released on bond and was living with Fischer in Cornville. Hamman confided to family members that he thought the deputies had come to his home on June 24 because of a burglary at a Diamond Golf Resorts office. Hamman said that Fischer had worked for Diamond Resorts and still had a key to some offices. Deputies verified a theft from the Diamond Resorts Office in the VOC in mid-June and learned of additional thefts from offices in Sedona.

Deputies supplied investigative leads to Sedona Police detectives who also confirmed similar burglaries there. Sedona detectives and deputies were present on July 1 when Hamman arrived for an unrelated Verde court appearance along with Fischer. Both were arrested on charges of involvement in the Diamond Resort burglaries in Sedona and the VOC. Fischer was also charged with the burglary of her father's home and allegedly admitted selling, pawning or trading her father's firearms and property for cash and drugs. Hamman's involvement, if any, in that burglary remains under investigation as does the participation of both suspects in additional burglaries.

Both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Hamman remains in custody. Fischer is out on bond.