Alert neighbors help solve burglary in Mayer
Suspect spotted by victim, arrested by deputies
A Mayer man has his neighbors to thank for some swift justice Friday morning, Oct. 5.
Around midnight heading into that Friday, the man’s home in the 13000 block of Dandrea Drive in Pine Flats, Mayer, was burglarized, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) news release. He wasn’t home at the time, but his neighbors were, and they noticed something fishy going on.
They later told the victim about it, including having seen an unfamiliar black extended-cab pickup truck on the victim’s property and a broken window with blood near it, YCSO reported.
The victim reported the situation to YCSO, noting several firearms were kept in the home and may have been stolen.
As deputies were responding to the scene around 9:45 a.m. to investigate, the victim relayed that he spotted a black truck parked on the side of County Road 177, nine miles from the Mayer cemetery, YCSO reported. Sitting in the driver’s seat was a man with bandages on his arms.
Deputies found the suspect vehicle running with the described man in it. He was detained without incident and identified as 35-year-old Jacob Mechetner from Goodyear, AZ. Mechetner admitted to breaking into the victim’s home, cutting his hand on a broken window and remaining inside for a couple of hours, YCSO reported. Jacob acknowledged taking cash, a flashlight, tools and a car battery because he needed to jump start his truck. He was found to also be in possession of methamphetamine.
Deputies returned to the home and contacted the victim, who explained his house was completely ransacked and several items had been damaged. It also appeared the suspect had stacked items, including firearms and ammunition, near the front door, as if intending to return and steal additional property. There were more firearms found in the home that had been removed from a gun cabinet the suspect apparently accessed with a key found in the home. Several firearm magazines normally kept empty were also now loaded. Deputies found points of forced entry including the broken window with blood spatter.
Another victim came forward who resides on East Gold Hill Trail, Mayer, YCSO reported. A shed on her property had been broken into and the latch that held the door shut was missing. Some tools were gone and a light had been taken off of a dune buggy parked nearby.
All stolen property was recovered. Mechetner was treated by fire personnel and then booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges including burglary, trespassing, possession of a dangerous drug, theft and criminal damage. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond.
“This is a reminder that neighbors watching out for each other can be critical to safeguarding a neighborhood,” said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn. “Residents who are away from their home for an extended period of time are encouraged to share this information with neighbors so they watch the property. And always leave an emergency contact number.”