Two suspects allegedly connected to an attempted ATM burglary in Black Canyon City on Nov. 21 have been identified and one has so far been arrested.
The attempt took place at about 3 a.m. at the stand alone Bank of the West ATM in the Rock Spring Café parking lot in Black Canyon City, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) news release. Bank officials estimate the damage to the ATM is in excess of $10,000.
Before one of the suspects covered the ATM camera with a liquid to conceal his identity, a clear snapshot of the person was taken.
“This suspect appeared to be acting as a lookout, while another suspect attempted access to the ATM by way of some type of torch,” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn.
Detectives later discovered a call to YCSO at 4:11 a.m. that same morning, reporting a lone man walking south along Interstate 17 just south of Black Canyon City, YCSO reported. A deputy spoke to the man, who possessed no identification and gave the deputy (unknown at the time) a false name and date of birth. He claimed no knowledge of the ATM burglary and the deputy didn’t have access to photo evidence at the time.
Detectives reviewed body camera footage from the deputy and determined – based on a clothing match – the man contacted on I-17 was the suspect seen in the ATM security video, YCSO reported. It was also noted the man’s t-shirt was torn in the back, which he explained had occurred crossing through brush in the area.
Detectives surmised this suspect fled the crime scene on foot after his crime partner drove off in the suspect vehicle as law enforcement was approaching the area, YCSO reported. Detectives also located video from a service station in the area showing this burglary suspect being picked up just before 5 a.m. by a man and woman in a vehicle.
The lead detective conducted a record search using a combination of names based on the name, Tyler Barnes, given to the deputy, YCSO reported. This resulted in the detective locating a booking photo of 22-year-old Charles Tyler Barnes, which matched the suspect photo from the ATM burglary and I-17 contact.
After reviewing numerous addresses associated with Barnes, detectives decided to check the most current address of record on W. Aster Drive in Phoenix, YCSO reported. On December 13, they arrived at the apartment complex on Aster Drive, found Barnes behind a wall working on a bicycle and placed him under arrest. He was wearing the same t-shirt noted in the ATM security photo and seen during the I-17 contact.
After initially denying any involvement in the ATM burglary, Barnes admitted his role when shown the video evidence, YCSO reported. He also acknowledged his girlfriend’s dad was with him in Black Canyon City but would not explain his involvement, if any. Barnes was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on the burglary and impair function of property charges and remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond. Detectives determined Barnes’ girlfriend and her dad were the two seen in the video picking him up at the service station in Black Canyon City.
The detective then identified the father of Barnes’ girlfriend as 53-year-old Brian Scott Carson, YCSO reported. Carson was currently an inmate in the Maricopa County jail on unrelated burglary charges involving two different ATM break-ins in Phoenix. Carson has an extensive criminal history, including prior ATM burglary cases, and is on active probation. Like Barnes, Carson initially denied participating, but when shown the evidence, he asked for a lawyer.
“Carson will be charged shortly for role as the second suspect/driver in the Black Canyon City burglary,” D’Evelyn said.