Follow-up by deputy solves residential burglary, leads to man’s arrest
An alert deputy and his follow-up efforts solved a burglary and lead to the arrest of a Prescott Valley man, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday, Feb. 15.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, at around 7 p.m., deputies were dispatched to the 3500 block of Treasure Drive in Prescott Valley, regarding a burglary. The victim said someone had broken into his house and stole a TV, three watches and several thousand dollars in cash. He noted the cash included a lot of $1 bills he was saving for his son, according to a news release. Many of the rooms were ransacked.
Deputies determined the suspect or suspects likely entered through the back door of the home. The victim had been away from the home since 7:30 that morning. During a discussion about possible suspects, the victim identified a person he knew from his job, 22-year-old Dillon Smith, the YCSO reported.
Deputies checked the area for witnesses and one neighbor identified a black vehicle, possibly a Honda, parked at the residence earlier with a white man wearing a hoodie type jacket and black pants going in and out of the victim’s home. At one point, she saw him carrying a TV. This particular neighbor was also able to provide exterior video showing the suspect’s car.
On Feb. 11, at around 9 p.m., a deputy patrolling the area noticed the possible suspect vehicle parked in a drive way in the 2900 block of Prescott East Highway.
Closer inspection confirmed it was the suspect vehicle. Deputies spoke to the owner who indicated the vehicle has been loaned to his roommate, Dillon Smith, on Feb. 9, according to the news release. The roommate noted seeing Smith with a TV and large amount of $1 bills a day later.
Smith was quickly located at the home and eventually confessed to the burglary, the YCSO reported.
Smith also agreed to show deputies where the stolen property was located inside his residence. All items were recovered except for a large amount of cash he had already spent.
Smith was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges including Theft, Burglary and Criminal Trespass. Smith indicated he was already on probation regarding a previous burglary. He remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website, www.ycsoaz.gov.
Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.