Trailhead vehicle burglaries
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK -- Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were notified of three vehicle burglaries at trailheads in the Village of Oak Creek area and elsewhere over the weekend. The locations include the Long Canyon trailhead, Devil's Bridge trailhead. Another break-in occurred the same weekend at the Fossil Creek trailhead area.
In the case of the Long Canyon vehicle burglary, a suspect smashed a rear passenger window to access the interior. Stolen items included a purse, cell phone, hiking boots and hotel registration paperwork.
The victims believed they returned just as suspects were leaving in a faded or light blue 1990s sedan. One of the suspects was described as 5'10", 220 pounds, brown hair, clean shaven, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
In the Devil's Bridge incident, the suspect also broke a vehicle window to gain access and stole an iPod and wallet.
The Fossil Creek theft involved a rental vehicle. The victim's left vehicle windows partially open allowing the suspect an apparent easy point of entry. Stolen items included a wallet, cash, camera, and iPod.
All thefts occurred after 1 p.m. while victims were hiking.
The sheriff's office advises to avoid leaving valuables, especially identification and credit cards, in an unattended vehicle. If you must bring valuables, hide them in a locked compartment or the trunk before arriving.
This reduces your chance of being target by suspects watching your actions. Always lock your vehicle with the windows fully closed. When you arrive at the trailhead, scan your surroundings for suspicious vehicles/persons. Note vehicle descriptions / license plate information if SAFE to do so. Take a "tourist" photo that includes the suspicious vehicle in the image. If you see any signs of vehicle break-ins, call law enforcement immediately.
Please share this information with visitors to the area who may not be aware of this crime series.