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Mon, Feb. 24

Deputies probe series of home, car burglaries in Cottonwood

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate three home burglaries and three car burglaries in the same area in Cottonwood this week.

Just before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies answered a call about a home burglary in the 4800 block of Comanche Drive in Cottonwood.

A man told deputies he had gone for a brief bicycle ride and when he returned home, he found the front door to his home pried open and called the Sheriff's Office, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

Once inside, the man told deputies he saw the master bedroom had been ransacked and jewelry and a .45 caliber handgun were missing, D'Evelyn said.

The man noticed motorcycle tire tracks in his yard and remembered seeing a motocross-style motorcycle accelerate out of the cul-de-sac next to his house while he was on his bicycle ride, but thought nothing of it, D'Evelyn said.

Another witness told deputies the motorcycle was black and gray, possibly a 2-stroke model, with an engine size of about 250cc and that the rider was a white male, approximately 5-foot-8-inches, with short hair, D'Evelyn said.

It is unknown at this time if the motorcycle rider described above is involved in two other residential burglaries in the area that were reported on Sunday in the 2200 block of Franquero Lane and Monday in the 3300 block of Vaquero Lane, D'Evelyn said.

In both burglaries, the suspect forced open the front door during the day and stole items including a computer, watches, jewelry and a black iPod Touch, D'Evelyn said.

Three unlocked vehicles in the same general area were also burglarized the prior evening or during early morning hours on Sunday, D'Evelyn said.

Two baseball bats, two baseball gloves, eight baseballs, a Sprint cellphone and purse containing a victim's Social Security number, driver's license, debit card and checkbook are among the items stolen from the vehicles in the 4600 block of Bay Circle, 2600 of Village Drive, and the 2600 block of Mountain View Drive, D'Evelyn said.

The Sheriff's Office asks residents to remain extra alert to the possible suspect and motorcycle described.

Suspects will likely knock on a door to check and see if the home is occupied and, if there is no answer, they will force the door open, D'Evelyn said. Once inside, suspects will ransack the home and take items that can be carried away quickly, D'Evelyn said.

Share this information with neighbors home during day and ask them to call the Sheriff's Office if they see any suspicious activity, D'Evelyn advised.

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