UPDATE: Three suspects caught in TV theft
Two apprehended within 20 minutes, third in custody by next day
COTTONWOOD -- On Monday, Dec. 28 about 8:30 a.m., Yavapai Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 1400 block of Rocky Knolls Trail, off Camino Real in Cottonwood, about a burglary that had just occurred.
Deputies noted the 32-year-old resident and victim looked shaken as he explained that while home with his girlfriend, an unknown man opened their bedroom door.
They did not recognize the man who, when he saw them, ran from the home, into the driver's seat of a teal-colored station wagon with another man seated inside. The victim checked around his home and found that a large screen TV had been stolen from the living room.
A bulletin was issued to area deputies and surrounding police agencies describing the suspects and their vehicle. About 20 minutes later, a Sheriff's Animal Control Officer (ACO) spotted the suspect's station wagon, with three occupants, leaving Zalesky Road onto the 89A toward Cottonwood.
The ACO alerted area law enforcement units by radio and nearby Cottonwood Police quickly arrived to search and found the vehicle in the back parking lot of a nearby Best Western Hotel. As the officers approached, the three men fled on foot. The stolen TV was found still inside the station wagon.
Two YCSO deputies later spotted one of the suspects after he jumped into an irrigation ditch full of water. He was caught and identified as 20-year-old Alex Palomino of Cottonwood. Officers from the Cottonwood Police Department eventually located 27-year-old Gregory Perkins of Cottonwood. Perkins matched the description of the suspect seen entering the victim's bedroom.
Both Palomino and Perkins were arrested for involvement in the burglary and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including burglary, trespass and theft.
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies later identified the third suspect as 21-year-old Mac Cauich of Cottonwood, according to Dwight D'Evelyn, Media Relations coordinator for YCSO.
YCSO detectives discovered on Dec. 30 that Cauich had turned himself in to the Camp Verde Detention Center on Dec. 29 for an unrelated charge, D'Evelyn stated. Detectives interviewed Cauich at the jail and he admitted involvement in the burglary.
Cauich was charged with burglary, trespass, theft and unlawful use of means of transportation.
Detectives have confirmed all three suspects were in the victim's home in the 1400 block of Rocky Knolls Trail, off Camino Real and participated in the burglary.
Detectives have also determined the suspect vehicle was stolen. As a result, additional charges are pending. Palomino remains in custody on a $3,500 bond and Perkins on a $7,500 bond.
Cauich remains in custody and bond has been set at $5,743.95.