Tue, July 23

Burglars wanted for Verde Village house fire

VERDE VILLAGE -- Yavapai Sheriff's deputies are asking for public help to identify suspects of a burglary and house fire at a home in the 1900 block of Deserama Circle, in the Verde Villages.

Three roommates, two of whom were out of town, normally occupy the home. The third roommate had returned home about 1 a.m. on Monday to find the home filled with smoke. Fire officials extinguished the blaze and believed it to be arson-caused. YCSO detectives are currently working with fire investigators and reviewing evidence. No suspects have been identified at this time. Much of the home was destroyed as a result of the fire.

It was discovered a number of electronic items had been stolen from the home. The items include an Xbox and two PlayStation brand gaming consoles, along with a flat screen TV.

The burglary and arson occurred sometime between the hours of 8 p.m. Sunday, and 1 a.m. the following morning when the roommate returned home.

Detectives are seeking information to identify a suspect or suspects in this case. Please contact Detective Todd Swaim at 928-567-7710, or report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness are eligible for a cash reward if an arrest is made.