Originally Published: October 17, 2016 2:32 p.m.
Updated as of Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:05 AM
Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Phoenix man Monday, Oct. 17, after victims reported theft of their phones at cabins in Crown King.
Just before 6 a.m. deputies learned of an alleged robbery by Sean Sparling, 34. Sparling apparently entered two cabins in Crown King and demanded phones from the persons inside. In one instance, he allegedly threatened to kill the victims.
Sparling then went to the Crown King Saloon. One of the victims spotted Sparling’s Ford truck with a door open, and retrieved his stolen phones.
Sparling next drove to a residence where he started up a backhoe. Deputies found Sparling, who told them he owned the property and backhoe and was doing some work around the yard. The true homeowner came out of her home, and spoke with the deputies.
Victims identified Sparling as the robbery suspect. Inside Sparling’s truck, deputies found moneybags from the Saloon along with a stolen DVR for the saloon’s camera system, stolen clothing and cigars. Further investigation revealed Sparling allegedly forced entry into the saloon earlier by kicking open a back door, and had damaged multiple rooms located above the Saloon with estimated damages at $1,500.
Sparling was booked on charges of Trespassing, Burglary, Criminal Damage (Felony), Robbery, Theft, and Possession of Burglary Tools (a “slim jim” was found in his possession). Bond has not been set.