Originally Published: February 18, 2011 9:55 p.m.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies booked two teens into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of theft in connection with two Cottonwood burglaries late last year, and detectives seek another teen who is a person of interest in the thefts of firearms from the two homes.
All the teens involved in these burglaries are members of a criminal street gang and are being charged as adults, while being kept separate from the adult population at the county jail, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
On Jan. 21, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle that Eddie Bojorquez, 17, of Cottonwood and Alvaro Bermudez, 17, of Cornville were riding in and found two guns in the car that were stolen from a home in the 3100 block of South Quail Run and a home on Rifle Road, D'Evelyn said.
After the traffic stop, Bermudez ran from MCSO deputies and remains at large, D'Evelyn said Wednesday. A warrant was issued for Bermudez's arrest charging him with burglary, theft, weapons misconduct and trafficking in stolen property.
Investigators think Bermudez could be in the Cottonwood area or may have fled to Mexico, D'Evelyn said.
On Jan. 25, a deputy booked Bojorquez into the county jail on charges including burglary, theft, misconduct involving weapons, and criminal damage. Bojorquez's bond in this case has been set at $150,000, D'Evelyn said. He also is being held on a probation violation without bond and is classified as an adult for purposes of prosecution, D'Evelyn said.
As the investigation continued, detectives developed information linking Eddie Medina, 18, of Cornville to the Rifle Road burglary and found 24 of the stolen firearms at his home, D'Evelyn said. The remaining firearms remain missing and include a collector's edition Thompson rifle with gold engraving on the stock and grips.
On Feb. 8, a deputy booked Medina into the county jail on charges including theft, trafficking in stolen property, weapons misconduct, taking the identity of another, and possession of a forged instrument.
Medina remains in custody without bond, D'Evelyn said.
YCSO is seeking the whereabouts of Bermudez and encourages anyone with information to contact Detective Dave Zavos at (928) 771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness are eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to the arrest of Bermudez. If you see Bermudez, contact local law enforcement immediately.