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Man sentenced to 5 years in prison on charges of metal theft, forgery

Ryan Keith Cox

Ryan Keith Cox

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Ralph M. Hess sentenced Ryan Keith Cox on Monday to five years in prison, restitution to victims, fees and fines on charges including trafficking in stolen property and forgery.

Prescott police arrested Cox on Nov. 13 on charges including burglary after he told police that he and three juveniles stole and sold scrap metal and auto parts from a home and a business in Prescott.

When the officer arrived at a property in the 1400 block of Iron Springs Road, a man told him that Cox and three juveniles had trespassed on private property and tried to steal several pieces of scrap metal. Cox told the officer he had permission from another man to retrieve the scrap metal from the property. The officer spoke with the property owner, who said he had not given Cox or anyone else permission to be on his property or take anything from his property, according to the police report.

The officer found items valued at more than $5,600 in the bed of Cox's pickup truck and receipts for used parts sold to two different recycling businesses.

At the time of his arrest, Cox was on probation on charges of forgery of a prescription on Aug. 10, 2010, and for attempting to obtain a narcotic drug through fraudulent means after a teenage girl presented, on his behalf, an altered prescription for Percocet to a Fry's pharmacy employee.

"The pharmacy manager told the officer she thought the prescription was suspicious because the amount of Percocet was not reasonable for dental surgery, and the amount seemed to be traced over several times," said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

When the teenage girl came back to pick up the prescription, she told the officer that Cox gave her the prescription, according to the police report. Cox initially told the officer the girl had no involvement in the forged prescription, saying he added an extra zero to the prescription, Reinhardt said. Later, Cox said the girl added the extra zero to the prescription.

On Monday, Cox's attorney Jennifer Campbell said Cox "knows he's going to the Department of Corrections, would like to get his diploma, participate in college classes, and seek drug treatment."

Hess sentenced Cox to 2.5 years in prison on charges of attempting to obtain a narcotic drug by fraud causing another to present a forged prescription; 2.5 years in prison for forgery; five years in prison for trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, plus eight months community service; 3.5 years in prison for theft; one year in prison for violating his probation on charges of soliciting to possess marijuana under two pounds for sale; and 52 days in the Yavapai County Jail for violating his probation on a DUI offense. Hess said all sentences would be served concurrently and credited Cox with 72 days served in the Yavapai County Jail.

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