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Clarkdale man arrested for property thefts

CLARKDALE -- On July 14, Kenneth Hauk, 55, Clarkdale, was arrested for possession of stolen property, theft and trafficking in stolen property.

Mr. Hauk was in possession of a Stanley Proto torque multiplier that had been reported stolen by Clarkdale Metals. Mr. Hauk had been employed by Clarkdale Metals but was released from employment in August 2010.

On July 14, officers of the Clarkdale Police Department, with the help of a citizen, arranged to purchase a Stanley Proto torque multiplier that was being sold by Mr. Hauk, but reported stolen by Clarkdale Metals.

The citizen was provided with four $50 bills for the purchase of the torque multiplier.

These bills were photo copied as evidence showing their serial numbers.

Hauk was arrested immediately after the transaction was completed. A search warrant was obtained for Mr. Hauk's residence but no other stolen tools were found.

County sheriff aids Cottonwood police in arresting burglary suspect

The special crimes section of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Wednesday aided the Cottonwood Police Department with a vehicle burglary investigation that led to the arrest of Victor Hugo Lopez, 20, of Camp Verde.

Security cameras captured the suspect on video at an area bar, and officers sought help in identifying him, according to Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

During the investigation, section detectives developed information that the suspect was a known drug dealer.

Detectives then negotiated to buy cocaine from the suspect, and set a meeting with him near the Verde Vista Apartments on Elm Street in Cottonwood.

Once the suspect arrived, detectives detained him and identified him as Lopez. They found him in possession of more than 13 grams of cocaine with an approximate street value of $1,000.

They also recovered a guitar, purse and other stolen items valued at more than $1,000, and found a scale and illegal prescription pills in Lopez's vehicle.

Lopez had evidence of marijuana, cocaine and opiates in his system, and was charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

He also was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI offense, and was wanted for two outstanding warrants. He has been on probation.

Authorities are continuing to investigate allegations of identity theft and fraud against Lopez. He is an undocumented immigrant who has been using a false name and Social Security number to work in Camp Verde.

Records indicate Lopez had been deported in the past. Authorities booked him into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges that include possessing narcotic drugs for sale, possession and use of narcotic drugs, and two counts of theft, burglary and aggravated DUI.

He is being held without bond.

Vehicle driven by 16-year-old crashes into porch

RIMROCK - A 16-year-old boy who said he tried to avoid hitting a deer lost control of his vehicle and hit a porch early Sunday morning here, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies responded at 12:05 a.m. to a report of a vehicle crashing into a porch at a home in the 5400 block of Kramer Drive, and found a 1994 Ford sedan underneath the front porch of the home. The driver said he swerved to the other side of the road and could not stop before hitting the porch. He escaped injuries.

An elderly woman was asleep on the opposite side of the house and was not injured.

The crash did extensive damage to the structural supports for the house, and the car could not be removed immediately because it supported the porch.

YCSO cited the driver for failure to control speed to avoid an accident.