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8:53 AM Tue, Sept. 25th

Cottonwood man arrested after fleeing scene of burglary

Neil Lundy

Neil Lundy

A Cottonwood man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly stole items from at least two vehicles and tried to hide his identity from deputies, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary in the 600 block of East Rio Mesa Trail, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. The victim told deputies that as he was exiting his home, he saw a man inside his car. After being spotted, the man ran west and climbed over the guard rail at the corner of Rio Mesa Trail and Quail Run, the release states.

The victim saw the suspect drop a flashlight and noticed some change missing from his car, the release states.

While deputies searched the area, a resident approached them and reported seeing the suspect in the 2000 block of Quail Run, according to the release. A deputy found a man hiding under a bush and placed him under arrest. The man refused to provide his name but was found in possession of a wallet belonging to someone else along with a large amount of loose change and other items, the release states.

The victim positively identified the man as the burglar seen earlier in his car.

The suspect was transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center. During booking, he continued refusing to provide his name. After an iris scan, jail staff was able to positively identify him as Neil Lundy, 31, from Cottonwood.

Lundy was arrested on two complaints of burglary in the third degree and two complaints of theft, as well as allegedly taking the identity of another and failing to provide his name when detained, according to the release.

The owner of the wallet, a Cottonwood resident, was contacted and confirmed the theft of his wallet from an unlocked vehicle, the release states.

Additional victims in the area are possible and may not know items have been stolen as this time, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Anyone who discovers a theft of property from their vehicle/home is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office and refer to case 18-033279.