COTTONWOOD - Late Thursday, Cottonwood Police and investigators from the Yavapai Sheriff's Office served a search warrants on five Verde Valley locations for evidence linking 25-year-old Dominic Blue Mayes and 27-year-old Aaron Deering Chambers to a string of stolen property and residential burglaries. The search warrants were for residences in Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Verde Villages, plus a vehicle.
Since the middle of March 2011, law enforcement agencies in the Verde Valley have seen a significant surge in residential and vehicle burglaries and Cottonwood and Yavapai investigators found a commonality in the way the burglaries were committed.
The suspects gained entry into the residences through open or secured doors and once inside used articles belonging to the victims to remove the stolen items. The primary items stolen have been guns, prescription medication, jewelry and money. Thousands of dollars in items and property have been stolen from victims throughout the Verde Valley.
One victim positively identified Dominic Blue Mayes as being in possession of his stolen property from a recent burglary. Detectives were led to a second suspect, Aaron Deering Chambers.
Cottonwood police called the Yavapai Sheriff's Office and it became a multi-agency investigation. Several of the targeted residences were within county jurisdiction.
Among the hundreds of dollars worth of property that was recovered, a gun reported stolen last week from Cottonwood was found in their possession as well.
"This was just another example of the excellent investigative work, resources and dedication to serving the citizens of the Verde Valley," said Cottonwood Police spokesman, Sgt. Gareth Braxton.
"Once you have an investigation of this scope and magnitude, you have to utilize additional resources, and we're fortunate to have good working relationships with the other Verde Valley law enforcement agencies," he went on to say. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office was instrumental in the investigation by providing additional manpower and resources.
Car sheers pole
CAMP VERDE - It looks like an April Fools prank, but it was deadly serious. A wreck Friday morning on Montezuma Castle Hwy doused the lights, the phones and even 911-service in Camp Verde for a short time after a car sheered a power pole.
According to the Camp Verde Marshal's Office, a utility pole was struck by the car while two brothers were headed to Camp Verde High School.
The driver was a young man in his late teens or 20s, taking his younger brother to the Camp Verde High School. The Camp Verde Marshal's Office says both the brothers nodded off and the driver lost control and struck the pole.
CVMO Deputy Tammy Munoz said, fortunately, both were wearing their seat belts and because their bodies were relaxed, neither was injured.
The bottom of the pole apparently was old enough that the car sheered the pole and left the top-most part suspended by the attached lines
The highway was blocked so utility and emergency crews could make repairs and divert traffic.
Missing man found in Camp Verde
CAMP VERDE -- An 85-year-old Phoenix man has been found safe and healthy in Camp Verde, according to a Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman.
MCSO said Stephen Gillotte was found by Yavapai County deputies Thursday night after vanishing from North Phoenix about 4 p.m. Thursday.
Gillotte had been forgetful lately, according to authorities, and had gone on several drives and getting lost. He may have early onset of Alzheimer's disease, investigators speculate.
He left his home near Interstate 17 in the North Valley driving a white 1995 Ford Contour.