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Sun, Dec. 15

Prescott cops stifle threat

PRESCOTT – Several Prescott Police officers managed to subdue a man who allegedly threatened to kill officers and blow up a gas station this morning.

Just after midnight, the 46-year-old suspect allegedly phoned 911 and told dispatchers he planned to blow up the gas station in the 500 block of Miller Valley Road. He was still on the line with dispatch when officers arrived.

While officers ordered him to surrender, he allegedly continued to threaten them and invite them to shoot him.

A short time later, one of the officers crept around the building, approached the suspect from behind and sprayed him with pepper spray. Once they had the man in custody, officers discovered he had no weapons or explosives. They booked him into the Yavapai County Jail on misdemeanor charges of using a telephone to threaten or harass and false reporting.

In other police news:

• A car owner's powers of observation may have helped Prescott Police solve a number of recent car burglaries.

On Sunday afternoon, a resident in the Gail Gardner Road area saw a young man in his car. He approached the man, then chased him and caught him after he fled.

When police arrived and questioned the 16-year-old Prescott boy, he allegedly implicated another teen.

The two allegedly had property and information relating to several other burglaries, according to reports.

Most of the stolen property consisted of compact discs and car stereo equipment.

Officers referred both youths to juvenile authorities on burglary and possession of stolen property charges.

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