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Vehicle owner says he caught 2 men in act of burglary

Anthony M. Christerson and Mark Nicholas Jensen

Anthony M. Christerson and Mark Nicholas Jensen

Anthony M. Christerson, 22, of Prescott Valley, and Mark Nicholas Jensen, 23, of Prescott were booked into the Yavapai County jail Tuesday on felony charges including burglary after a man told police officers he found them breaking into his vehicle.

At 1:24 a.m., a man flagged down police officers near Robert Road and Frontage, saying two suspects had just broken into his vehicle, said Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney.

The man and another man with him told officers they tried to restrain one of the suspects, but the suspect struggled until he broke free, and fled the scene with the other suspect.

A short time later, officers found the suspects, later identified as Christerson and Jensen, near Cochise and Florentine roads, Bonnney said. Christerson and Jensen reportedly admitted to investigators they had tried to break into more than 20 vehicles in the area around Valorie and Dale drives.

An officer booked Jensen and Christerson into the county jail on felony charges of one count of robbery, one count of possession of burglary tools, two counts of burglary in the third degree, and a misdemeanor theft charge.

Jensen and Christerson may face additional charges after follow-up investigation on other suspected burglaries is complete and forwarded to the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, Bonney said.

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