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Wed, Sept. 18

Police investigating rash of burglaries

PRESCOTT ­ The Prescott Police Department is looking for any information pertaining to at least two dozen burglaries that occurred over the past four weeks on Willow Creek Road.

"We've got a lot of burglaries between Ainsworth and Rosser streets," Sgt. Clayton Heath said. "Businesses are being burglarized and vehicles are being burglarized."

Burglars have targeted at least a dozen business including two dental offices between Sept. 21 and Sept 24. Then again, 15 burglaries or attempted burglaries took place in early October.

He said if the suspects gained entrance into a business, they were mainly interested in cash or some other minor items. They left behind computers and other technical devices, he said.

"That stuff has not been touched," he said.

He said the detectives have lifted some fingerprints from certain locations that are waiting for processing, which may take a while.

According to the PPD data, people reported 36 burglaries in September of this year compare to 34 in September 2004. From January through September of this year, 284 burglaries occurred within the city, which is an increase of 32 cases from the previous year.

Detectives have been able to resolve at least one burglary case that occurred on Sept. 25 at Argosy West, a computer store located at 625 Schemmer Drive.

According to the report, when officers responded to the scene, they found the rear door open and the upper glass portion of the door smashed.

The owner of the store said several iPods were missing, but nothing was missing from the cash box.

The report indicates that 18 iPods valued at between $3,600 and $4,500 were missing.

A few days later, police received a tip from Silent Witness that two juveniles may have broken into the business and taken the iPods. After police investigated this lead, they arrested two 16-year-old boys, Lt. Pete Hodap said previously.

He said they have been able to recover most of the iPods that were missing.

Heath said that it is very difficult to catch someone in the act.

"The biggest watchdog is the citizens themselves," he said. "People need to be curious and call us when they see something suspicious."

Anyone with the information may call Det. Jerry Yslas at 778-1444 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Contact the reporter at mburicadam@prescottaz.com

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