Tue, June 25

Burglary hits children's charity

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK - Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were called to a commercial burglary in the 6500 block of State Route 179 in the Village of Oak Creek Saturday morning. They found that someone had forced entry into the office of "Camp Soaring Eagle." They are now asking for public help to identify suspects.

The nonprofit foundation's mission is to "give kids with serious illnesses and their families a chance to discover the healing power of laughter and the sheer joy of play by providing camping experiences filled with excitement, challenge and fun in a medically-safe setting at no charge to the children or families."

An employee said several items had been stolen including a 37-inch LCD HDTV, two Dell laptop computers and a military coin collection of 50 coins. Also taken were two footballs, one signed by Steve Young and one by Jerry Rice, and a baseball autographed by Nolan Ryan.

Deputies believe the break-in occurred during the evening hours of Friday night into early Saturday morning.

The suspects also entered the nearby office of the Home Owners Association Management Company, but nothing was reported stolen.

Anyone with information on the theft of these items is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office at (928) 771-3260, or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232. Remember, with Silent Witness callers may remain anonymous and become eligible for a reward if an arrest is made. Refer to case number 10-004114.