Sun, Feb. 23

Trailhead vehicle burglary in the Village of Oak Creek

Trailhead vehicle burglary in the Village of Oak Creek

About noon Tuesday, the Yavapai Sheriff's Office was called regarding a vehicle burglary at the Bell Rock Trail Head in the Village of Oak Creek. The victim had parked her black Hyundai Sedan at the trailhead around 8 a.m. When she returned to the car over three hours later, she found that somebody had smashed a window and stolen several personal items.

The victim lost her checkbook and wallet which contained $100.00 dollars in cash and numerous credit cards. The deputy provided the victim with phone numbers for the credit card companies and suggested she call right away to prevent identity theft from these accounts.

The Sheriff's Office repeats its warning that visitors and residents alike should avoid leaving valuables in vehicles while parked at any trailhead. Thieves canvas the trailheads looking for unattended vehicles with the knowledge that many of the owners will be gone for extended periods while hiking or camping.

If you must store valuables in the car, keep them out of view and lock them in the trunk. Better yet, bring only what you need when traveling, carrying identification and credit cards with you.

YCSO is urging anyone with knowledge of suspects involved in this and other recent trailhead burglaries, to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Cottonwood Carnie booked for touching teens

The Deseret News from Salt Lake City is reporting that a traveling carnival worker whose home is in the Verde Valley has been arrested on suspicion that he made sexual comments to teenage girls and fondled one of them.

Millard County Sheriff's deputies said the carnival was operating at the Fillmore, Utah, fairgrounds on Aug. 22. Deputies responded to a complaint that the suspect, 45-year-old Jeffery John Thomas, of Cottonwood,, had made inappropriate sexual comments toward a group of teenage girls. A 14-year-old girl claimed to have been inappropriately touched, deputies said.

Thomas was booked into the Millard County Jail on investigation of forcible sex abuse of a child, a second-degree felony, and class A misdemeanor lewdness involving a child.

Cottonwood man charged with sex crimes with teen boy

Cottonwood Police detectives Wednesday served a felony warrant on Nicholas Knudsen Robin Green at his residence on the 300 block of S. 12th Street.  The warrant charges Green with sexual exploitation of a minor, luring a minor for sexual exploitation, and sexual conduct with a minor.  Green was arrested without incident.

 The warrant stems from an investigation that began on Jan. 3, 2007, when a 16-year old victim so alleges that Green had showered with him and had taken a photograph of him in the nude and placed it on his computer.

A earlier warrant was served for Green's computer in January 2007. The computer was sent to DPS crime lab for processing.  Based on the results of the crime lab report and the investigation, the warrant was issued for Green.

Green, 56, was arrested and transported to the County Jail in Camp Verde.

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