Prescott police arrest 4 in auto theft and burglary case

Jason Alexander O'Brien

Jason Alexander O'Brien

PRESCOTT- Police have arrested three boys and a man in connection with two auto theft cases and several instances of car burglaries and are once again warning people to lock their cars.

A report of a car stolen from the 3200 block of Oak Grove Lane on Nov. 27 led to investigators finding it a week later in Chino Valley, Prescott Police Lt. Amy Bonney said, and police learned that a second car had been taken from the same neighborhood.

That one was found in Holbrook.

Neither car was locked, Bonney said, and the keys to one were left in the car.

"In addition to the theft of two vehicles, there were also several other vehicle burglaries reported in that neighborhood," Bonney said. "Each of the vehicles had been left unlocked with valuables such as credit cards and cash inside."

Police arrested three boys from Prescott in the case, and booked them into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of theft of a means of transportation and burglary.

The fourth suspect is Jason O'Brien, 18, of Prescott. He was booked into the Camp Verde Jail on charges of theft of means of transportation.

Bonney stressed that simply locking the car could prevent these crimes of opportunity.

"As recently as Dec. 9, as many as five vehicles were burglarized in the same manner, in the west side of Prescott, on Paar Street and Rose Garden Cove," she said. "While these cases are seemingly unrelated to the (Oak Grove) investigation, each of them is similar in that the vehicles were left unlocked, parked in the driveway."