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Shoeprints, cut on hand lead to charges against Prescott Valley man

James R. Shye, 19, of Prescott Valley

James R. Shye, 19, of Prescott Valley

Prescott police booked James R. Shye, 19, of Prescott Valley into the Yavapai County jail on March 22 on charges of burglary, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers spoke to him about the burglary and found a fresh cut on his hand and that his shoe prints allegedly matched those outside a home that had been broken into, said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

At 8:15 a.m., officers answered a call about a burglary in the 200 block of North Granite Street and found a broken kitchen window, a distinctive shoe print outside the window, and blood smears in the home where a ring worth $300 and $25 in coins had been stolen.

When officers contacted Shye, he denied knowledge of the burglary, initially gave officers a false name but later told them his name, and told them a cut on his hand was from five days ago. Officers allegedly found marijuana in his possession during a search, Reinhardt said.

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