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10:19 AM Mon, Dec. 17th

Hit-and-run, car theft puts two brothers in jail

PRESCOTT – Two brothers are in custody at the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott after a Wednesday morning incident involving a car theft and hit-and-run collision.

Prescott police said that at about 12:45 a.m. an officer responded to a residence in the 600 block of West Rosser Street to investigate a stolen vehicle report.

After officer met with two men, one of them told him that someone had just stolen his green 1995 GMC truck with a camper shell, the police report says.

The man, who had parked in front of the residence and left a car door unlocked with the keys in the ignition, told the officer that he spent about five minutes in the home when he heard some disturbance outside, the report states. He heard voices that sounded like juveniles and then his car was gone, the report states.

As the officer went to look for the vehicle, another officer responded to an accident that involved a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen one, the report states.

As the first officer was on the way to help the second officer in the 1200 block of Miramonte Drive, the second officer reported that he had detained a juvenile in the 1700 block of Demerse Avenue.

The juvenile was under the influence of alcohol, police said. When the officers went to his residence to tell his father of the incident, officers determined that his twin brother was also drinking, the report states.

He is in custody on a charge of underage consumption of alcohol. The other brother faces multiple charges including theft of a means of transportation, criminal damage, hit and run, providing false information to law enforcement and under-age consumption of alcohol.

The report doesn't indicate how much damage the $10,000 vehicle had, but officers released it to the owner after they finished processing it.

IN OTHER POLICE NEWS:

• Michael James Gambetta, a 44-year-old inmate reported as an escapee from the Yavapai County Jail in Prescott on Tuesday, has turned himself in to the court, and Prescott Police Department officers arrested him.

A judge had given Gambetta work release status, which allowed him to leave the jail at 6 a.m. and return at 6 p.m., the press release states. At about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, officers noticed that he had not returned from work and by 7:30 p.m. all their attempts to locate him in the jail building failed.

Initially, authorities arrested Gambetta Sunday on a court order out of the Chino Valley Magistrate Court on misdemeanor charges involving vandalism and criminal damage.

Gambetta is now facing charges associated with his escape, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office report states. Information about the reason for his escape was unavailable at press time.