Cottonwood burglary exceeds $100,000

COTTONWOOD - Yavapai County Sheriff's investigators are still working a major burglary from Aug. 20 in the 1800 block of Donner Trail in Verde Village. When the homeowners were away on vacation, a relative discovered the theft and called the Sheriff's Office.

The burglary likely occurred within 24 hours of the report since earlier checks by family members had found the home intact.

The homeowner's Chevy Tahoe was stolen along with more than 20 firearms, $10,000 dollars in cash, a wedding ring valued over $25,000 dollars, and a safe which contained keys, credits cards and jewelry.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Phoenix on the day after the report.

In addition to the Tahoe, thieves stole three computers: a 17-inch Toshiba laptop computer, a 10-inch Acer notebook and a, 17-inch Mac laptop. Also taken was a Guitar Hero computer game, various coins including buffalo nickels and silver dollars, 2-flat screen televisions (Sony and Samsung) and a Rolex watch. The stolen weapons included several Mossberg, Sig Sauer and Winchester-brand firearms including shotguns, rifles and handguns. The firearms had been kept in a safe forced open by the suspects

It has not been determined how the suspects entered the house.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau are working leads developed by tracking the stolen items, but continue to seek further information. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office. Contact Detective Alex Jaramillo at (928) 554-8605. Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspects in this case. The Yavapai Silent Witness phone number is (800) 932-3232 or text information using the word "Busted" to 411247. The case number is 10-030621.

Sextuplets dad booked on domestic violence

CAMP VERDE -- The father of Arizona's second-only set of sextuplets born three years ago was arrested in Camp Verde Saturday.

Bryan Masche, 32, was arrested following an investigation in which he is alleged to have threatened his family and began yelling and using profanities within a residence on Gilbert Way.

The charges mounted when he did not comply with Camp Verde Marshal's deputies' commands.

Masche was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and threatening per domestic violence.

He was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center. He has subsequently been released on bond.

Camp Verde bumper cars

CAMP VERDE -- Just before 2 p.m. Friday afternoon, Camp Verde Marshal's deputies were called to a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of State Route 260 and Interstate 17.

John Thiede, 77, said he attempted to make a U-turn and proceed west on 260 but did not see the second vehicle. He said that he had no injuries and refused medical attention. Thiede was cited for failure to obey traffic control device.

The 83-year-old driver of the second vehicle, however, was only semi-conscious and unable to tell the officer about the accident. Naomi Edwards' vehicle had heavy damage to the front after coming to a stop against a concrete barrier in the south bound exit ramp.

The woman was loaded into an ambulance by Camp Verde Fire crews and transported to Verde Valley Medical Center.

Also Friday about 6 p.m., 52-year-old Michele Hansen's 2009 Hyundai was stuck in a ditch on the corner of Mockingbird and Verde Lakes Drive. The vehicle also ran over the stop sign at Mockingbird.

She told the responding deputy that the sun was directly in her eyes and that she was having a hard time seeing.

Hansen said she was attempted to make a right turn onto Verde Lakes Drive but cut the corner too short. The vehicle flattened the stop sign and ran into the ditch.

The woman showed no signs of impairment and denied having any injuries.

Who would steal a tow truck? This guy!

CAMP VERDE -- A tow truck driver must have been out getting a burger at Wendy's when his rig was stolen from the parking lot about 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Christopher Armijo, 39, was arrested on Interstate 17 at the runaway truck ramp. Armijo had apparently been driving the truck with the emergency brake set, and the braking system had failed.

The 2006 tow truck, belonging to Alpha Towing, is valued at $45,000.

Armijo is charged with vehicle theft.

Weir Fire creates occasional smoke

STONEMAN LAKE--Two lightning-caused fires on the Coconino National Forest are being managed for resource benefits after they were touched off by lightning.

The Weir Fire is the closest to the Verde Valley. Depending upon wind conditions, area residents may notice smoke in the air from the fire, especially during the morning hours, when smoke settles during the cool night conditions.

The Weir Fire, burning about one mile north of Stoneman Lake, east of I-17, is now estimated at 500 acres.  Fire activity is spreading north to the Lee Butte, Fain Mountain and Gash Mountain, and visitors and hunters are advised to avoid those areas. Area residents will see or smell smoke on Interstate 17, Flagstaff, Mormon Lake and the Verde Valley.  

About 30 fire personnel are working the fire, with five engines. No structures or developed recreation areas are threatened.  

The Weir Fire was ignited by lightning Aug. 16 and is burning within the Rattlesnake Quiet Area and Game Management Unit 6A, which is currently open for an archery-elk hunt. Several forest roads are temporarily closed, including FR 239 and 665.

Daylight armed robbery

COTTONWOOD - Police report a daring mid-day hold-up in an Old Town business, Monday .

A man entered Don's Smoke Shop shortly after 1 p.m. and asked the operator about items on display. When the customer was handed the items, the man suddenly displayed a knife and made threatening to statements to the cashier.

The suspect then fled out the door with the items and through the adjoining neighborhood on foot.

He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and dark colored pants. The man is believed to be from 20 to 24 years old, stand 5'5" tall and weigh 240-pounds. He has blonde hair and possibly facial hair.

The cashier was not injured during the stick-up.

Anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of this subject is asked to call the Cottonwood Police Department Criminal Investigations Division or Yavapai County Silent Witness.


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