Originally Published: March 26, 2005 7:10 a.m.
PRESCOTT VALLEY – A Prescott Valley couple, David and Daphine Moore, are in custody on multiple charges in connection with a number of burglaries that took place throughout Yavapai County.
Prescott Valley Police Lt. P.J. Janik said authorities arrested the suspects Friday and charged them with possession of stolen property, trafficking of stolen property, fraud schemes, prohibited possessor, possession of a firearm during a drug offense, and possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.
"Mr. Moore was hiding under the crib when detectives arrested him in his house," he said, adding that no children were in the home at the time of their arrest.
Janik said the couple's arrest came after a PV patrol officer noticed a U-Haul trailer and a vehicle parked in front of the suspect's home in the 7100 block of Addis in Prescott Valley. He said when the officer checked on the status of the vehicle, it returned as being stolen.
Based on that, police obtained a search warrant on the residence and the vehicle, he said. Once inside the residence, the detectives allegedly located a significant amount of stolen property including furniture, antiques, miscellaneous personal items, checks, guns, mail and a computer.
"We estimated at least $20,000 in stolen and recovered property," he said, adding that police recovered several hundred items.
The recovered property, Janik said, is an indication that the suspects may have been involved in the series of burglaries that allegedly took place not only in Prescott and Prescott Valley, but also throughout the county over a period of several months, he said.
The victims include, among others, Stockmen's Bank in Chino Valley, the Sedona Fire Department and the Central Yavapai Fire District.
"Neither one of them has a rational explanation how all of this property" showed up at their home, Janik said.
Janik said they located in the home a number of weapons that someone reported missing after a burglary in Clarkdale.
"No accounting how he got that stuff," he said.
Mr. Moore was a reserve firefighter for the Central Yavapai Fire District and the Sedona Fire Department, Janik said.
He said some of firefighting gear found in the home may have been issued to the suspect, but detectives are determining what property the Moores allegedly stole.
"He removed some plaques with other people's names on them," he said. "It was a wide variety of equipment."
Janik said detectives located items that appear to be property of the Stockmen's Bank.
"They took some coin rolls, some deposit slips, miscellaneous bank supplies," he said. "There were checks from different victims from all over the county and what we believe they were in the process of doing is washing those checks …they had in their garage."
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