Originally Published: March 31, 2009 9:38 p.m.
Prescott Valley police arrested Tucson resident Ronald C. Bates, 36, on March 29 on charges of two counts of theft of means of transportation, police said in a Tuesday press release.
Officers got a call around 12:30 p.m. yesterday from a man reporting that someone stole his 1998 Jeep Wrangler from the Harkins Theatres parking lot. A short time later a DPS officer spotted the Jeep at a gas station on Highway 69 with Bates and a companion standing nearby.
Prescott Valley police investigating the case discovered several other vehicles believed to be stolen by Bates, the press release said, including a 1996 black Jeep Cherokee someone stole and dumped in the Prescott Valley area.
Officers also found near Sam's Club a Jeep Cherokee stolen from the Tucson area, police said.