Rash of Cottonwood auto burglaries under investigation

VERDE VILLAGE -- Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies received several reports Monday morning regarding auto burglaries in the Cottonwood area. At this time, it appears an identical suspect or suspects are involved.

Some of the incident locations include the 2700 block of Sunset Drive, 3400 block of Tower Drive, 600 block of E Rio Mesa Trail, 1400 block of Hermits Lane, and the 1500 block of Wild Burro Drive. These locations are in the Verde Village area. Additional reports are likely as deputies canvass neighborhoods for witnesses.

In one of the auto burglaries, a bicycle was stolen from the back of a truck. During the investigation, deputies were notified that it was found abandoned in the vicinity by Cottonwood Police officers.

In some of the incidents, nothing was stolen although the suspects did damage vehicle interiors and in one instance, a convertible top was sliced open. A majority of the burglaries occurred between 11 p.m. Sunday night and 4 a.m. Monday.

Deputies are working some leads, but continue to seek information from anyone regarding this crime series. Please contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if an arrest is made based on the tip.

Remember to removed valuables from parked vehicles and be alert to suspicious activities during early morning hours.

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