The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office credits alert neighbors in the arrest of burglary suspects Brittany Gore, 27, and Nicholas Lankford, 28.
Deputies were dispatched to a possible burglary in progress in the 20700 block of East Mingus Drive in Cordes Lakes around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, with witnesses reporting that they saw two suspects enter the home they knew was unoccupied and remain inside, according to a news release from YCSO Media Relations Coordinator Dwight D’Evelyn.
“Deputies approached the front of the house and noticed the door had been damaged indicating forcible entry,” the release states. “Following several verbal notifications that law enforcement officers were present, there was no response. At the rear of the home, deputies found a window in the rear door pried open and during a closer check saw a female walking nearby. Deputies forced the door open and Gore was detained. Gore admitted Lankford was also in the home and he was found hiding underneath a bed and also detained.”
While checking for additional suspects, deputies found every room had been ransacked and many items damaged with tables turned over and drawers dumped out throughout the house.
A search of Lankford revealed a meth pipe and piece of jewelry and a backpack and purse belonging to Gore was found full of stolen jewelry the victim confirmed belonged to his late wife. “Deputies also located a list of addresses with a cell phone belonging to Gore notating which homes were for sale,” the release states. “This indicates some planning on the part of these suspects and a crime prevention tip highlighting that such homes may be targets for thieves. These neighbors, knowing the home was unoccupied because of shared information, were able to report the suspicious activity quickly as a result.”
Gore was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal damage and booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde where she remains on a $10,000 bond, and Lankford was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, criminal damage, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation warrant and also booked into the jail where he remains in custody on a $32,500 bond.
While in custody, Lankford admitted to taking several pills that were possibly oxycodone based and became ill. He was treated by Mayer Fire personnel before being transported to a local hospital for follow-up regarding overdose symptoms prior to booking.
Deputies are continuing to investigate Gore and Lankford’s activity with the possibility of other crimes in the area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232 or YCSO at 928-771-3260. The case number is 18-042977.
Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.