The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is alerting home and business owners in the Village of Oak Creek to a series of burglaries occurring periodically since October of last year.
On Friday, Jan. 7, at about 2 a.m., deputies were dispatched to an alarm at Genworth Financial in the 6500 block of State Route 179. Deputies determined unknown suspects had forced entry into the location and it was determined nothing had been stolen. The suspects were not found.
In another incident occurring just after midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 29, deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at the Ridge Resort maintenance building on Sunridge Circle. An employee had arrived earlier and confronted two male suspects inside who were able to escape. They are described as follows: Suspect 1 - male, Hispanic, wearing a gray hoodie with fur around the hood and blue jeans. Suspect 2 - male, Hispanic, 5-8 to 5-9 in height, slender build, with a thin beard along his jaw line and wearing a dark blue or black jacket and blue jeans. The employee called 911 and deputies checked the area, but suspects were not found. A female accomplice may have been nearby.
There have been five reported burglaries in the residential area of the VOC since October of last year. They include a burglary from a home in the 100 block of Stone Way and two attempted burglaries from homes in the 100 block of White Tail Drive. Additionally, three vehicle burglaries occurred during this time at locations including Palo Verde Circle, Sun Ridge Circle and The Ridge. Based on preliminary information, these incidents occurred during the late evening or early morning hours.
YCSO encourages residents and area business owners to stay extra alert regarding suspicious activity during the aforementioned hours. Please be aware of vehicles driving in residential areas late at night, possibly without lights and no apparent destination. As always, watch carefully for suspicious activity at homes you know should be unoccupied. Any unexpected late night knock at your door may be an attempt to check if the home is occupied. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time, keep interior lights on in portions of the home (use timers) to provide a "lived-in" look. Consider letting a neighbor use your driveway to park their car. Suspects could also be checking homes during the day and returning under cover of darkness to commit burglaries.
YCSO deputies and volunteers are providing extra patrols but it is critically important that residents maintain diligence in reporting suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office. All VOC Neighborhood Watches have been alerted.
For questions regarding this crime alert, please contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Dwight D'Evelyn at (928) 777-7441.