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Two arrested, another two facing charges, in Prescott Valley vehicle burglaries

Prescott Valley police arrested two people Tuesday in connection with a number of vehicle burglaries in Prescott Valley, and two more people are facing charges in this case.

Officers and detectives developed leads on suspects who participated in the burglaries along Mission Lane, Hondo and Roadrunner drives as well as people who allegedly possessed stolen property from the burglaries, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

A 16-year-old boy from Prescott Valley is believed to be the primary suspect who burglarized the vehicles, Bonney said. Officers booked the boy into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

Since the investigation is ongoing, the boy may face additional charges, Bonney said.

Officers also booked Kelsie Hitz, 19, of Prescott Valley, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of trafficking in stolen property and possession of stolen property.

Two additional suspects are facing charges related to the case.

Detectives found three handguns and many electronic devices that had been stolen during the burglaries and sold to other parties, Bonney said. Not all of the owners of the property have been identified.

"We are encouraging residents in this area to check their vehicles for missing electronics,

firearms and other items of value," Bonney said.

Any additional victims of these crimes should contact Detective Martin at (928) 772-5142.

In this case, all the victims left their cars and trucks unlocked, Bonney said.

"Many burglars will try door handles and take the easy score by stealing items from the unlocked vehicles or residences," Bonney said.

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