A man who was staying at a Cornville home while the owner was away for eight months was arrested after the homeowner returned, found the place a “shambles,” and realized that $15,000 worth of coins and jewelry had been taken, said Dwight D’Evelyn, Sheriff’s spokesman.
Jeremy Smith, 34, of Sedona, was allowed to live in the home, in the 500 block of Camino de Encanto, when the owner left for Europe in October.
In January, the owner “learned of problem Smith was causing in the neighborhood and was told to leave,” D’Evelyn said, but Smith did not go, and, on Jan. 10, deputies who responded to a trespassing report arrested him for drug possession and court order violations.
When the homeowner got back in May, she discovered the place was ransacked.
A Sheriff’s detective was able to track down records of the stolen items having been pawned in Phoenix and Cottonwood. In June, the detective went to the Maricopa County Jail, where Smith was in custody on unrelated charges, but Smith refused to speak with him.
On Sept. 7, Smith was sent to the Camp Verde jail on an unrelated warrant, where he was booked on charges of theft, defacing or damaging property, and trafficking in stolen property.