Man found in possession of stolen rock crusher claims transient left it there
After Prescott Valley police found a stolen rock crusher on a man's property, they booked him into the Yavapai County jail Tuesday on felony charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.
On June 18, police answered a call about a rock crusher valued at $8,000 that was stolen from a business in the 8000 block of State Highway 69, according to Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney.
The investigation led police to James Richard Zinkl's home in the 8000 block of E. Canyon Lane in Prescott Valley, where they found the rock crusher on his property, Bonney said.
Zinkl, 52, told police that another person had parked the rock crusher at his home and he did not know it was stolen, Bonney said.
Later, Zinkl told investigators that he thought the rock crusher was stolen because the person who brought it over was a transient who couldn't have paid for it.
"It is important to remember, separate from this case, that theft can include more than simply taking the property of another," Bonney said.
The Arizona Revised Statutes include provisions for charging if someone comes into the control of lost, mislaid, or misdelivered property of another, then does not inquire as to the true owner, appropriates the property for their own or another's use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner, or controls another's property while having reason to know the property is stolen.
"While we would not discourage someone from getting a good deal on a item they are buying, we ask those facing a 'too good to be true' deal to ask questions and try to ensure they are not purchasing stolen property and risking legal trouble," Bonney said.