4 arrested for burglary when Ash Fork property owner sees theft in progress
ASH FORK- Four people were arrested for burglary and other charges, Monday, Jan. 4, after a property owner arrived home and caught them in the act, a sheriff's spokesman said.
About 3:30 p.m., the victim came home to the Juniper Woods ranch address to find the four loading items into a van, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said, and the victim followed the van as it headed south on Highway 89 toward Paulden.
The victim called the sheriff's office, and, as the van neared Drake Road, a deputy spotted the van and, with the help of a Chino Valley police officer, stopped it in the parking lot of the Family Dollar near Big Chino Road.
"The victim met deputies at the traffic stop and confirmed that several items stolen from the location, including mechanics tools and camping supplies, were inside the suspect's van," D'Evelyn said. "The victim explained that when he initially arrived at the Juniper Woods Ranch home, he noticed the front gate lock was cut open and saw the four suspects moving between their van and a motor home parked on the property."
A search of the van by deputies turned up numerous hypodermic syringes, D'Evelyn and two suspects were in possession of additional stolen items.
Arrested were Laurie McPhall, 54, Lucinda Duran, 55, and David Weber, 54, all from Prescott, and Michael Polasky, 57, from Prescott Valley.
They face various charges including burglary, criminal trespass, and theft.
McPhall had apparently stayed on the property in the past and was aware of its contents, but did not have permission to return, D'Evelyn said, adding that she admitted her intent to pawn some of the stolen items for cash.
All four were booked at the Camp Verde jail and each remains in custody on a $10,000 bond, except McPhall, whose bond is set at $35,000 because of a probation violation warrant.