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YCSO arrests suspect in Black Canyon City burglary

11/18/2015

BLACK CANYON CITY – Last August, someone broke into the Black Canyon Community Health Center in Black Canyon City and stole cash and a portable safe. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives have been investigating the burglary and have now arrested a suspect.

According to a report from YCSO, over the last several weeks, a YCSO detective developed information identifying a suspect in this burglary case. When the detective began tracing forged checks that were stolen from the clinic to the Phoenix area, the leads identified additional suspects, including 47-year-old Joseph Onello from Black Canyon City. It was discovered Onello had supplied Health Center checks that were kept in the safe stolen during the September burglary. The total amount of money involved in check forgeries already exceeded $11,000.

Detectives also located a witness who described seeing a suspicious man with a red off-road style motorcycle in the clinic parking lot around 5 a.m. on a day prior to the burglary. The description provided not only matched Onello’s physical description, but detectives confirmed Onello owned a red ‘dirt bike.’ Additional details were obtained, leading to probable cause that Onello committed the burglary. On Nov. 7, the handling detective located Onello in the Camp Verde Detention Center where he was incarcerated on an unrelated warrant. Onello denied burglarizing the clinic. Detectives charged him with one count of Burglary, 2 counts of Theft, and a count of Criminal Damage. He remains in-custody on a total bond of $4,100.

YCSO notes that the investigation has identified several additional suspects involved in the forgery of stolen clinic checks in the Phoenix area. Law enforcement agencies in those affected locations are investigating, and additional arrests are likely.