Fri, Jan. 24

Woman arrested for credit card fraud

A woman was arrested Saturday for fraudulent schemes and artifices, forgery, theft and obstructing a criminal investigation.

Regina Orosco was caught with multiple credit cards, bankcards and checks that did not belong to her.

An officer was dispatched to J.C. Penney's at 1100 Arizona 260 Saturday afternoon. He was advised that a suspect in an ongoing fraud investigation was in the store and had used a false name.

The officer approached Orosco outside the store and asked her for I.D. She handed him an American Express Card with another false name on it. Another officer asked her what her name was and she gave a different name. Orosco then said she did not know who she was.

She was taken to the police department where she admitted to buying an envelope full of credit cards, ID's and checks. She said she did not know the cards were stolen.

Orosco was transported to the Yavapai County Jail where custody was transferred.

Body found in Camp Verde

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office needs help from the public in identifying the body of a deceased man found near the Childs area in Camp Verde.

Two hunters found the body along the Fossil Creek on Sunday.

The body is described as a male Caucasian or Hispanic, in his late teens to early twenties, 5-8 to 6-feet tall, medium build with short dark hair.

The man has three tattoos, a warlock on the left upper arm, a blue colored sun design on the right upper arm and a red colored sunburst design on the right forearm.

The cause of death has not been determined. Detectives are treating it as a "suspicious death," pending the results of an autopsy.

The sheriff's office is encouraging anyone with information to call Detective Rick Barnes or Detective Gordon Diffendaffer at (928) 567-7710 or (928) 771-3278.

Wanted man ends up in prickly situation

Three Yavapai County sheriff deputies responded to a residence in Lake Montezuma hoping to find Jaren Lamb, wanted on a felony warrant.

According to a Yavapai County report, the deputies received word that Lamb was living in the house. One deputy went to the front door while the other two were at the sides of the house.

A woman answered the front door but Lamb climbed out of a window. He jumped out after deputies were telling him to get down.

Lamb was able to run about 20 feet before deputies apprehended him and placed him in handcuffs.

As his rights were being read to him, Lamb jumped up and began running again. During the chase, all three deputies and Lamb were injured.

The deputies received various injuries from the altercation. Lamb complained of injuries to his head, ribs and legs. It was discovered that during the chase he had fallen into a cactus. The thorns were over most of his body.

Lamb was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment. He was then taken to the Camp Verde jail where he was booked on charges that included; probation violation, escape, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a means of transportation.

Computer stolen from school

Sometime between Friday night and Monday morning someone broke into a Cottonwood Middle School classroom, 500 E. Mingus Ave.

One Macintosh computer, valued at $900, and one AM FM cassette stereo, valued at $20 were taken.

Damage done to the school property included a broken window and frame. The value totals $200.

Officers were not able to obtain fingerprints because of the large amount of latent prints around the classroom.

There are no suspects and the case is closed pending additional information.

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