YCSO arrests commercial burglary suspects
Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have arrested 49-year-old Michael Clark from Dewey and 46-year-old Blaine Rector from Prescott Valley as suspects in the March burglary of MDI Rock Property in Dewey, according to a news release from YCSO Media Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn.
In the first week of May, a detective received information that Clark bragged about the burglary and that he had been hired to work at MDI Rock, claiming to have done contract fork for them in the 1980s.
“As the investigation continued, detectives learned from anonymous sources that Clark apparently discovered MDI Rock was hiring when he noticed a help wanted sign while burglarizing the business,” the release stated. “Additionally, detectives were told Clark already sold a lot of the stolen tools after realizing he might be a target suspect in the case.”
After being arrested for driving on a suspended license and nearly running into a Sheriff’s vehicle on Thursday, May 17, Clark was presented with details of the detective’s knowledge about his involvement and admitted to the burglary aided by Rector and an additional suspect whose name YCSO has not yet revealed. He also provide a list of who the stolen tools were sold to and admitted to stealing scrap copper and brass from MDI Rock.
Clark has been booked on charges including several counts of burglary, trafficking in stolen property and theft, remaining in custody on a $15,000 bond.
As more stolen tools were recovered from Clark’s vehicle and home, detectives found additional information confirming Rectors involvement in the burglary including witnesses that saw his motorcycle around MDI Rock property days before the burglary.
“On May 23, 2018, detectives developed enough evidence from various sources confirming Rector’s participation in the burglary, including theft of a front loader from MDI Rock at the time,” the release states. “The front loader was hidden briefly before being returned by the suspects with all the on board tools missing. Rector’s participation in this aspect and the burglary of tools led to his arrest.”
Rector was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including burglary and theft, is on active probation and is held without bond.
The third suspect is located in the Colorado Department of Corrections and charges are pending.
Information courtesy of Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.