Sheriff's office reports suspect in vehicle burglaries arrested

Devin Lee Stapleton

Devin Lee Stapleton

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. April 5:

Devin Lee Stapleton, 20, of Chino Valley was arrested in the City of Maricopa this afternoon (April 5) based on leads provided by Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies, the YCSO said today.

Further details are expected soon. It is expected Stapleton will be booked into the Camp Verde Jail by the end of the day.

Original story: posted 9:59 p.m. April 4:

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a 20-year-old Chino Valley man wanted for alleged involvement in eight vehicle burglaries in Chino Valley.

The suspect is Devin Lee Stapleton, described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall, 200 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. His last known address is the 600 block of Papago Trail.

As of Monday, Stapleton remained at large, according to YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

Sheriff's deputies responded March 28 to several vehicle burglaries in Chino Valley, six of which took place at various locations on Just Ray Ranch Road. They also fielded reports about thefts from West Road 3 South and Upper Pass Road in Prescott.

Deputies followed up on some debit/credit cards that had been stolen during the burglaries and discovered purchases at the Maverik mini market in Chino Valley and at area Walmart and Circle K stores.

They obtained surveillance video and eventually identified Stapleton as using stolen credit cards. They also obtained a partial license number in the video and after several hours of research located information that led to the identity of Stapleton's 15-year-old accomplice.

Deputies arrested the youth, also of Chino Valley on Monday morning and booked him at the Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott. They expect to recover some of the stolen property.

YCSO is requesting anyone with information regarding Stapleton's whereabouts to call 771-3260 or report tips anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232, People who provide tips that lead to arrests are eligible for rewards.

All the burglarized vehicles were unlocked at the time of the crimes, D'Evelyn said.