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Two Prescott-area men charged in stove, tool theft

Larry Dale Adams, Jr.

Larry Dale Adams, Jr.

PRESCOTT- Two men who sheriff's deputies said stole a 300-pound antique stove also are connected to the theft of tools from a church camp, and may be involved in further burglaries, Yavapai County Sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a cabin off Senator Highway on Jan. 1 for a report of a burglary that had occurred several weeks before, D'Evelyn said.

One of the items taken was a 300-pound wood stove from the early 1900s.

Within 24 hours, the victim saw it on Craigslist, and detectives set up a sting operation, asking the seller to bring it to a business parking lot so they could see it, D'Evelyn said.

When the suspect, Larry Adams, Jr., 36, from Walker, showed up and tried to sell it to the detectives, he was arrested. A man who came with him, Beau Swisher, 30, from Walker, was allowed to go.

Adams was charged with burglary, trafficking in stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and theft. He was booked into the Camp Verde jail on a $15,000 bond.

By Jan. 4, detectives continuing to investigate the two men found information linking them both to possession of additional stolen property possibly related to the case and others, D'Evelyn said.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, detectives went to Swisher's home in the 6000 block of East Bannie Mine Road and located a chain saw with a serial number matching one taken from a church camp in November, D'Evelyn said. Seven more tools stolen from that church camp were found.

"Based on the information developed to date, detectives considered Swisher a participant with Adams in at least two burglaries," D'Evelyn said, and booked him on two counts of burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property.

"It should be known that Adams and Swisher are self-employed in the brush clearing business and apparently did work in the area where these burglaries occurred," he added. Anyone with additional information regarding these suspects is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 928-771-3260-refer to case 16-000061- or make an anonymous call to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.