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Police make arrest in thwarted robbery, auto theft attempts

Richard Seim

Richard Seim

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Seligman man on armed robbery charges.

Deputies booked Richard Seim, 36, at the Camp Verde Detention Center on one count of armed robbery, and additional charges are likely. Seim remains in custody on $50,000 bond.

According to sheriff's office reports, the investigation started Sept. 6 when deputies were dispatched to Route 66 Auto in Seligman regarding an attempted car theft. While investigating, deputies were approached by an employee of the Route 66 General Store who said that two men just tried to rob her.

The victim explained that she was making a cash drop nearby when two suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts and gloves approached her. At one point, one of the men pointed a gun at the victim and she screamed, causing both suspects to flee without the cash. The victim also indicated she possibly recognized the voice of Seim as one of the suspects. The attempted robbery incident was located in an area adjacent to the vehicle tampering.

A short time later, deputies located Seim during a traffic stop and detained him. Deputies also continued their investigation into the attempted auto theft at Route 66 Auto, believing the incidents might be linked. Seim and another male were interviewed regarding the robbery and vehicle tampering allegations and both denied any involvement. Both were released pending further investigation.

The next day, deputies canvassed the areas where the attempted robbery and attempted auto theft occurred and located a black hooded sweatshirt laying near a fence. Inside one of the pockets, deputies found a flat-head screwdriver and black air gun pistol, which could easily be mistaken for an authentic firearm, according to reports. The items were recovered and held as evidence.

Deputies then reviewed a Sept. 6 surveillance tape from a food mart across from the Route 66 General Store. The video showed Seim and another man, who was wearing a sweatshirt matching the one recovered Sept. 7, entering and exiting the food mart. In the video, the pair was last seen walking toward Route 66 Auto and the General Store just prior to the time of the robbery.

As a result of the investigation, deputies contacted Seim at his Seligman home and arrested him for involvement in the robbery. Additional charges are likely as the investigation continues into the attempted auto theft. Deputies are also working leads with intent to identify second suspect in the case.

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