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PV police arrest two on burglary, drug charges

Police arrested a Prescott Valley man and a Dewey woman after a tip from an informant prompted them to search a PV residence for stolen goods. Searchers found drugs, firearms and allegedly stolen county property. Further investigation led police to a Dewey storage locker where they discovered more property allegedly stolen in recent burglaries.

In a Jan. 21 combined effort of the Prescott Area Narcotics Task Force (PANT), Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Police Department and Prescott Valley Police Department, officers served a search warrant at the Meadowlark Drive residence of 31-year-old David Edward Bowden.

"The warrant was issued after an informant provided information about the December burglary of the Yavapai County storage yard in Prescott, giving officers the names and whereabouts of the suspected burglars and the stolen property," YCSO spokeswoman Susan Quayle said in a press release.

At the residence officers found three firearms and a safe containing property allegedly stolen from the County Yard, as well as additional stolen items, Quayle said. Searchers also found an undisclosed quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police obtained a second search warrant for a storage locker in Dewey where they found the locker "literally crammed" with stolen goods from numerous reported burglaries in the area, Quayle said.

Police arrested Bowden and booked him into Yavapai County jail on charges of burglary, theft, possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. A judge set his bond at $30,000.

"Bowden's accomplice, 29-year-old Shawn Lorin Wexler of Dewey, is currently being held in the Coconino County jail in Flagstaff on undisclosed charges but will be facing burglary, theft and possession of stolen goods charges in Yavapai County as well," Quayle said.

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