6/27/2013 1:59:00 PM Camp Verde teen charged with auto theft
Photo courtesy YCSO
This Ford Raptor is at the center of an investigation of several auto thefts that the Sheriff’s Office is charging to a Camp Verde teenager.
A Camp Verde teen is accused of stealing six vehicles.
The 17 year old is facing charges of auto theft, drug possession, fleeing from sheriff's deputies and causing criminal damage. On Saturday, he was booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.
According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a complaint of loud music coming from a vehicle in the Village of Oak Creek at around 12:30 a.m. They saw a white Ford F150 Raptor parked at the Circle K on the corner of State Route 179 and Bell Rock Boulevard. The Raptor matched the description of a vehicle reporter stolen in the area.
Upon his approach, two males and two females got into the truck and headed north on SR 179. Deputies followed them to Verde Valley School Road and turned on lights and sirens, but the truck did not stop.
According to the report, the truck entered a residential area, ran a stop sign and then pulled into a private drive on Sun Up Ranch Road. The males in the vehicle ran off. The females spoke to deputies and identified the driver. The Raptor had crashed into a retaining wall, causing significant damage.
Later that morning around 7 a.m., YCSO received a stolen vehicle report from the neighborhood where the 17 year old had fled from deputies. YCOS then found him at his Camp Verde home in the 3200 block of Dinky Creek around 11:30 a.m. At that point, he was arrested.
The investigation led deputies to believe he was involved in the theft of five other vehicles, including a black Honda Accord in Rimrock on June 15 (later recovered), a Chrysler New Yorker in Cottonwood on June 15, a Mitsubish Galant in Cottonwood on June 15 (later recovered), a Dodge 2/4-ton pickup in Cottonwood on June 19 (later recovered with methamphetamine inside) and a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup allegedly stolen after he fled deputies in the VOC on June 22. The Dakota was also later recovered.
YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said he "told deputies he stole these vehicles because he likes to joyride and impress girls."
The investigation is ongoing. More suspects may be involved.