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Deputies arrest teens, recover stolen gun

PRESCOTT - Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested two teenaged boys Sunday, Jan. 19, alleging the pair had taken two handguns from a truck the night before, sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

A resident of Sapphire Drive in Diamond Valley reported that two semi-automatic handguns, a .45 and a .32 caliber, had been taken from his unlocked truck sometime between the evening of Jan. 18 and the next morning, D'Evelyn said.

A neighbor called deputies the morning of Jan. 19 to say he had heard a gunshot the previous evening and saw two teens with whom he was familiar running away from the area. The neighbor also found a live .45 caliber round on the ground, which matched the type of ammunition used in the stolen gun.

"While searching the area for a spent shell casing based on reports of a shot being fired, deputies located shoe prints that matched the size and tread pattern found on the victim's property," D'Evelyn said. "Deputies also found a now-empty holster belonging to the victim in some thick brush adjacent to a nearby footpath."

They then went to a home on East Joan Street, looking for a 15-year-old boy described by the witness, and matched his shoes with prints from the scene, D'Evelyn said.

Based on evidence and statements from other teens, that boy was arrested.

He denied involvement, D'Evelyn said.

The second boy who was arrested, also 15, "admitted knowledge of both stolen firearms and where they might be hidden," D'Evelyn said.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, a volunteer search team located the stolen .32 caliber gun near a creek.

The .45 has not been found. Anyone with information is asked to call the YCSO at 771-3260 or make an anonymous tip to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232., and refer to report 16-002385.

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