Sometime during the nighttime hours of Friday night and Saturday morning, Jan. 12 and 13, eight vehicle burglaries occurred in the Quailwood area of Prescott Valley. In all cases, the doors of the vehicles were unlocked, according to a news release from the Prescott Valley Police Department.
A suspect took purses and wallets and discarded them on other properties in the area, the release said. Police said it appears the suspect was looking for cash since credit cards and checks remained when the property was discarded.
The suspect was wearing blue jeans, gray jacket and a baseball type hat, according to witness accounts and very poor quality surveillance video, said PVPD spokesperson Jerry Ferguson. Detectives believe the suspect is a man in his late 30s or early 40s. The report indicates the man was walking through the neighborhood, checking car doors, but he passed by locked vehicles. But when he found vehicles that were unlocked, he entered the vehicle and removed the property.
The investigation is continuing. No suitable surveillance videos were available for publication, Ferguson said. If anyone has information on these incidents, PVPD requests they call the department at 928-772-9267.
“The safest way to learn is from someone else’s experience,” Ferguson said. “Unfortunately, the best way to learn is from your own experience. Regularly locking your car doors will minimize you becoming a victim.”