Possible suspect in VOC burglaries

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office composite drawing of a man that Village of Oak Creek neighbors believe is a suspect in a string of burglaries.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office composite drawing of a man that Village of Oak Creek neighbors believe is a suspect in a string of burglaries.

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is distributing a composite drawing of a man that Village of Oak Creek neighbors believe is a suspect in a string of burglaries there. There have been seven burglaries since February. Detectives were told about a man who had been going door to door checking to see if people were home and claiming to have car trouble.

The man is likely in his 20s with light complexion and small pits on his face. His height was estimated at between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-2 with an "average" build.

YCSO says the burglaries have occurred on the streets Horse Canyon, Wildflower Circle, Lee Mountain, Verde Valley School Road, Deerfield Road, Regan Road and Deer Pass Road

In the majority of these burglaries, the suspect or suspects used force to enter sliding or french doors at the rear of the property and most of these burglaries have occurred during daylight hours. In many cases, homeowner victims were away for long periods of time and had not alerted a neighbor to watch their home.

Items reported stolen include jewelry, cash, coins, tools, and some cases, firearms.

YCSO is asking all residents to pay special attention to suspicious persons in their neighborhoods, especially if approached at home. Also, consider storing valuables in a safe place if your home will be unoccupied for extended time period. If you have an alarm, use it.

Detectives are also coordinating efforts with Sedona Police detectives who are investigating several similar burglaries.

Contact YCSO immediately to report suspicious activity of this nature. If you see an apparent burglary in progress, call 911. Anyone with information regarding this person of interest or the burglary series is asked to call Detective Todd Swaim at (928) 567-7710 or Yavapai Silent Witness anonymously at (800) 932-3232.

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