2 in jail, third sought in arms heist
PHOENIX - As the result of a traffic stop by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies Jan. 21, 17-year-old Eddie Bojorquez of Cottonwood, and 17-year-old Alvaro Bermudez from Cornville were identified as suspects in two Yavapai County burglaries, including the theft of numerous firearms.
The burglary locations included a home on Rifle Road and a home in the 3100 block of South Quail Run in Cottonwood. A gun from each of these burglaries was recovered from the suspect's vehicle, according to the report. Bermudez remains at large and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is wanted on charges of burglary, theft, weapons misconduct and trafficking in stolen property. Police suspect Bermudez could be in the Cottonwood area or may have fled to Mexico.
Bojorquez was booked at the Camp Verde jail for his alleged involvement in the burglaries and is charged with burglary, theft, misconduct involving weapons, and criminal damage. He is held on a $150,000 bond. He also is being held on a probation violation without bond and is classified as an adult for purposes of prosecution.
Detectives also linked 18-year-old Eddie Medina to the Rifle Road burglary and located 24 of the stolen firearms at his Cornville home, reports state. Feb. 8, Medina was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center charged with theft, traffic in stolen property, weapons misconduct, taking ID of another, and possession of a forged instrument. He remains in-custody without bond.
The suspects involved in these burglaries are members of a criminal street gang.
A total of 26 firearms have been recovered as a result of the investigation. The remaining firearms are still missing and include the collector's Thompson brand semi-automatic rifle.
A total of 75 weapons were reportedly stolen Dec. 30 from the Rifle Road address alone.
YCSO is seeking the whereabouts of Bermudez and encourages anyone with information to contact Detective Dave Zavos at (928) 771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.