Originally Published: August 5, 2011 10:15 p.m.
Prescott police arrested three men in connection with 12 recent burglaries at businesses in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and on the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Reservation, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.
An officer booked Patrick McClintock, 30, of Prescott; Hawk Osti, 18, of Chino Valley; and Joshua Hewson, 20, of Chino Valley into the Yavapai County Jail on charges including including burglary, criminal damage, and auto theft.
"Over the last several weeks, we've noticed a large number of burglaries on commercial properties at night," Reinhardt said.
Shortly before 3 a.m. on July 7, the three suspects were caught on security video breaking into the bay area of the Prescott Design Center, and later two of them were seen on video entering a Circle K store in the 3000 block of Willow Creek Road, according to police reports.
The suspects broke into Eric & Sons, Prescott Design Center and Willbuilt Seamless Gutters, three separate businesses that share the building in the 6600 block of Intercal Way, according to the police report.
Several doors of individual offices at Prescott Design Center had been forced open, causing about $1,000 in damage to the doors; $30 in a bank bag was stolen and a door was damaged at Willbuilt Seamless Gutters; and $200 in cash was taken from a cash box and a white 2005 GMC Sierra truck with ladders and tools was stolen from Eric & Sons, according to the police report.
"We recently had a burglary at a commercial property in the city in which a vehicle that was stolen was later abandoned at the parking lot of the Antelope Inn," Reinhardt said.
Detectives found video from the motel parking lot that showed the stolen truck driving in with a suspect who matched Osti's description walking out; Circle K video of two suspects coming into the store, one of whom matched Hewson's description; and all three suspects leaving Circle K in taxi cab, according to the police report.
Detectives showed photos made from the videos of the three suspects to other officers, who were able to identify Osti and later Hewson from his description and distinctive tattoos, according to the police report.
"Detectives were able to identify suspects, did surveillance, and obtained further information in regard to some of the burglaries," Reinhardt said. "At this time detectives are able to link the three individuals to up to 12 burglaries. The investigation continues with the possibility of additional charges being filed."