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Man arrested for allegedly stealing Emmett Trapp family fund donations

PVPD/Courtesy photo<br>
Security video captured the alleged theft of can containing donations for Emmett Trapp’s family.

PVPD/Courtesy photo<br> Security video captured the alleged theft of can containing donations for Emmett Trapp’s family.

Prescott Valley police arrested a man Monday on charges of theft after he reportedly told police, under questioning, that he stole a can filled with donations for Emmett Trapp's family from a convenience store.

When officers spoke with the manager of the Circle K at Prescott East Highway and State Route 69, he told them the store had been collecting donations in a coffee can to help Emmett Trapp's family and that a man came in, put the can under his shirt and left the store, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

Emmett Trapp, a 2-year-old who went missing from his Dewey home, was found dead a day and a half after he went missing, Bonney said.

The store manager told police he thought the can contained about $100 in donations.

Officers recognized the suspect from the store's surveillance video and went to his home to talk with him, Bonney said.

Valente M. Williams, 38, of Prescott Valley initially denied any involvement in the crime, but later told police he took the can to pay his electric bill, Bonney said.

Williams told police he took $20 to $30 from the container. It is unclear exactly how much money was stolen because it was not recovered, Bonney said.

Officers arrested Williams at 7 p.m., and he was later booked into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of theft.