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Men allegedly admit to attempting to rob convenience store twice in one day

Deven William Bennett

Deven William Bennett

Prescott Valley police arrested two men Saturday on charges of burglary after they reportedly told officers they were responsible for breaking into the same convenience store twice in the same day.

Just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, Prescott Valley police answered a call about a burglar alarm going off at the Carniceria Latina in the 8100 block of Spouse Drive.

Officers found the front window of the store broken out. The manager told police that cash and other items were missing from the store, but police found no suspects nearby, said Sgt. Brandon Bonney, spokesman for the Prescott Valley Police Department.

The manager stayed to clean the store and, at 7 a.m., he heard someone trying to get into the store again.

The manager called 911, and then found two men in the same area that was burglarized earlier that morning.

He confronted them with a firearm, and the suspects fled.

Officers who answered the call did not find the suspects, but patrol officers followed up with local stores and developed descriptions of the suspects from witnesses and surveillance videos, Bonney said.

Two days later, officers spotted two men who matched the suspects' descriptions at a Shell station on Robert Road. During interviews, Matthew Bishop, 19, and Deven William Bennett, 20, both of Prescott Valley, made incriminating statements about their involvement in the crimes and said they were responsible for both burglaries, Bonney said.

An officer booked Bennett and Bishop into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of burglary, criminal damage and theft.

In this case, both the storeowner and an alert citizen called law enforcement, Bonney said.

If you see something that does not appear right or if you suspect a crime is taking place, trust your instincts and call police, Bonney said.

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