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PV police make arrest in string of burglaries<BR>Routine traffic stop nets $12,800 in meth

A Prescott Valley police surveillance project ended a string of burglaries in Prescott Valley, police said, when officers watching a PV business in the middle of the night arrested 38-year-old Jerry W. Whitting on multiple burglary charges.

PVPD spokesman Lt. P.J. Janik said officers from the Special Response Team were keeping the Many Trails RV Sales lot on Highway 69 under surveillance on Friday night and early Saturday morning, April 11-12 as part of an on-going burglary investigation.

During the surveillance, officers watched Whitting in the act of burglarizing a motor home, Janik said. Police arrested Whitting at the scene and charged him with seven counts of burglary and seven counts of felony criminal damage, Janik said.

"The investigation is continuing as to past burglaries that may involve this suspect," Janik said.

Police ask anyone with information regarding this or other burglaries to call Detective James Edelstein at 772-9261 or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232.

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A routine early morning traffic stop led to a major drug arrest last week.

At about 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 14, a PV police officer pulled over a driver for a routine driver/vehicle check. A check of the driver's license showed it to be suspended. In searching the vehicle during processing for impounding officers found what they suspect to be a pound of marijuana. A search of the passenger turned up 10 ounces of methamphetamine, Janik said, with an estimated street value of $12,800.

Janik said officers charged the driver, 32-year-old Dustin Roberts of PV, and the passenger, 20-year-old transient Christina Lucero, with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both went to county jail.

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