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Trailhead burglary suspects sought


YAVAPAI COUNTY – If you have plans to head out hiking, make sure you leave valuables at home and stay vigilant while you're out on the trails. Last month, burglars broke into a hiker’s car and stole credit cards, then used the cards to make purchases.

On Aug. 29, at approximately 9:45 a.m., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the White Spar Campground area north of Prescott regarding a vehicle burglary. A 66-year-old Prescott resident told deputies she was hiking with friends and when she returned to her vehicle, she noticed the driver’s window had been smashed out and her purse was missing. The purse contained numerous credit cards, personal identification, and cash. Shortly thereafter, the victim discovered purchases and attempted purchases made throughout the Prescott area with her stolen credit cards. The suspects went to stores/restaurants including Mc Donald’s, Ross, Circle K, Sears, Fry’s, Dillards, Carl’s Jr., and TJ Maxx. Based on a timeline developed from photos and transaction documents, the suspects had used the stolen cards immediately following the burglary. YCSO says this is typical of thieves who intend to make as many purchases as possible before the victim realizes the cards are stolen and close the accounts.

Deputies obtained security photos from several locations and identified three suspects, including two females and a male. In some instances, the suspects had a white dog with them. Additional photos also connect the suspects to a newer Jeep vehicle, possible “Patriot’ model, black in color.

If anyone has information as to the identity and/or whereabouts of these suspects, you are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (928) 771-3260 – Refer to case 16-031044. Anonymous calls to Silent Witness at 1(800) 932-3232 are also encouraged and could result in a cash reward if the tip leads to an arrest. Rewards are only given to those who directly contact Silent Witness with information.