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3 arrested on charges of motor vehicle theft

Prescott police arrested three people Sunday on charges of motor vehicle theft after one man told police he was involved in a truck theft from a Phoenix dealership.

An officer booked Brittany Markwald, 19, of Chino Valley; Alastair B. Whitman, 25, of Dewey; and Ulysses Whitman, 23, of Dewey into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of motor vehicle theft.

When officers answered a call about a stolen truck found at the Goodwill Store in Prescott, 319 N. Lee Boulevard, they saw two women trying to enter the stolen truck and detained them, said Lt. Tim Fletcher, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

Officers determined that one of the women, Markwald, was in possession of the stolen truck, Fletcher said. 

Additional information led to the Whitmans, who also were implicated in the theft, and officers detained them as they arrived to retrieve the stolen truck, Fletcher said.

Alastair B. Whitman told officers he was involved in stealing the truck from a Phoenix dealership and that he had stolen a vehicle from Downtown Motors in Prescott that he arrived at the Goodwill Store in, Fletcher said.

Further investigation revealed that Alastair B. Whitman stole vehicles from car lots throughout Arizona and had been selling them on Craigslist after altering the VINs, Fletcher said.

The investigation into this case is ongoing and anyone who bought a vehicle from Whitman should contact Detective Poulin at the Prescott Police Department at (928) 777-1920.

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