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Tue, Nov. 12

Man arrested on charge of burglary

A Prescott police officer arrested a man Sunday on charges including burglary after he recognized the man walking in the 700 block of Bird Street as a suspect in a car burglary caught on videotape in the Walmart parking lot.

At 10 a.m., police answered a call about a car burglary at the Walmart on Gail Gardner Way and spoke with a woman whose purse was missing from her car, which had a smashed passenger-side window.

Another officer found the woman's purse in a trash can in the alley west of the 100 block of Summit Avenue, according to the police report.

As the officer spoke with the suspect - Donald Gene Duran Jr., 40, of Prescott - he noticed Duran's arm was injured. Duran initially told the officer he'd been hurt when he fell in a nearby creek, but later told detectives he hurt his arm earlier that day while stealing items from another vehicle on Summit, Prescott Police Deputy Chief Andy Reinhardt said.

When the officer searched Duran, he found seven credit cards that belonged to the woman whose car was broken into in the Walmart parking lot, a box of Marlboro cigarettes bought with money from her purse and the rest of the cash.

Duran told officers that he broke into the woman's car, stole her purse and threw it in the alley west of Summit, according to the police report.

The officer also found Duran had a tool used to break the vehicle's windows, and needles associated with methamphetamine use, Reinhardt said, adding that Duran later tested positive for meth.

An officer booked Duran into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous drugs and a felony warrant out of California.

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