Mon, Oct. 21

Raids end string of Wal-Mart burglaries
Meth, again, a player

The Yavapai County Special Crimes Section served two search warrants Wednesday, resulting in the arrests of several people on varying drugs, burglary, elder abuse and weapons misconduct charges.

Information received from T.I.P.S hotline as well as a Theft Prevention expert from Wal-Mart led the unit to a residence at Ash and 12th streets in Cottonwood early Wednesday.

The search warrant followed a string of burglaries from Northern Arizona Wal-Mart stores in Flagstaff, Cottonwood and Kingman in which thousands of dollars in electronics were taken. Officers located TVs, computer equipment and other electronics. They also allegedly seized quantities of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and prescription narcotics.

The Sheriff's Office and the Cottonwood Police Department arrested Jon Thomas Vanderhoof, 36, and Kenneth Robert Evans, 33, both of Cottonwood. They were charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotic drugs and burglary.

Vanderhoof has just pleaded guilty to transportation for sale of two grams of meth (see story page 2A).

Michelle L. Marro, 25, was arrested on two counts of possession of dangerous drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Acting on information obtained in the earlier search, Special Crimes Section then executed a search warrant the same afternoon at a residence on Mission Drive in Cottonwood. Officers allegedly recovered a stolen plasma TV, computer equipment and numerous other electronics items reportedly taken from Wal-Mart. Police also found 25 grams of methamphetamine, a useable amount of marijuana, and numerous items of drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs.

Robert Gordon Windsor, Jr., 39, faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of paraphernalia and burglary. Windsor also faces possible charges of vulnerable adult abuse. He is a caretaker for an elderly man who was living in Windsor's residence. Adult Protective Services was called in and took charge of the elderly man.

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