Fri, May 24

Third suspect in Rimrock burglary in custody

Austin Hanson

Austin Hanson

A third suspect in last week's home burglary in Rimrock has been arrested. Austin Hanson, 19, faces charges related to the June 19 incident as well as another crime.

June 19, a house was burglarized on Cedar Drive, and several items including a gun safe and valuable coins were taken. Within hours, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office had arrested Kelly Jo Bieber, 31, of Rimrock, and J.C. McPike, 26, of Dewey, on theft and drug charges. Deputies suspected others were involved as well.

June 21, Hanson showed up at a yard sale in the 3000 block of East Beaver Creek Road. He showed interest in a handgun but told the owner he could not afford it. According to the report, he returned later in the day, examined the gun again, and then allegedly ran off with the weapon.

Hanson went to a waiting tan GMC SUV driven by a female, and they fled the scene. The gun owner provided a description of Hanson and the vehicle to YCSO.

At the same time, investigators on the case of the earlier burglary gathered information that they claimed "directly linked" Hanson to the Cedar Drive crime.

Hanson was located Wednesday night at a home in the 5600 block of Joann Drive in Rimrock. He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property. His bond was set at $30,000. He remains in custody.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Eveyln says more arrests are likely.

Anyone with information about the burglary is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232. Refer to case number 14-021838.