Rimrock AZ (June 27, 2014) – UPDATE – On June 25, 2014, around 10:30 PM, 19-year-old Austin Hanson was arrested at a home in the 5600 block of Joann Drive, Rimrock. Investigation by YCSO detectives directly linked Hanson to the burglary on Cedar Drive. Hanson was also charged with the theft of a handgun from a separate incident – details follow.
On June 21, 2014, a man, later identified as Austin Hanson, was present during a yard sale in the 3000 block of East Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock. Hanson was interested in a handgun that was for sale, but indicated he could not afford it. Hanson left and returned later in the day to check out the gun and expressed interest in purchasing the firearm. While examining the gun, Hanson ran off with the firearm to a waiting tan colored GMC SUV driven by a female and fled. The gun’s owner provided a detailed description of the vehicle and Hanson who was eventually located Wednesday night in Rimrock.
Hanson was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Burglary, Theft, and Trafficking Stolen Property. He remains in-custody on a $3000 bond.
The investigation remains active and more arrests are likely.
Rimrock AZ (June 23, 2014) – On June 19, 2014, at approximately 11:30 PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the burglary of a home in the 4800 block of Cedar Drive, Rimrock. The victims indicated numerous items including a gun safe, television, laptop, generator, and air compressor, were stolen earlier in the evening. Additionally, the gun safe contained two firearms, gold and silver coins along with many other collectibles.
The investigation continued overnight as deputies developed leads on possible suspects following numerous interviews. The information led to a home on Kimberley’s Way, Rimrock, where deputy’s located physical evidence from the burglary along with the victim’s gun safe, now forced open, laying in an adjacent vacant lot. Deputies contacted detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau who assisted by obtaining a search warrant. Just prior to service of the search warrant, deputies stopped a vehicle around 2AM associated with the Kimberley Way property. The driver was 31-year-old Kelly Bieber from Rimrock, with a passenger identified as 26-year-old JC McPike, from Dewey, Arizona. McPike was found to have a coin stolen from the victim’s home in his pocket and was in possession of a handgun. Numerous drug paraphernalia items, including syringes, were found in the car and associated with McPike.
At Bieber’s home on Kimberley Way, several stolen items were recovered including two firearms from the gun safe, a generator, and air compressor. Additionally, deputies located drug paraphernalia and usable quantity of methamphetamine in Bieber’s bathroom.
McPike was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Prohibited Firearms Possession, and Possession of Deadly Weapon during a Felony. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond. Investigation into his connection with the burglary is ongoing.
Bieber was also booked and her charges include Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x6, Trafficking in Stolen Property, and Theft. She remains in-custody on a $7500 bond.
YCSO is seeking additional suspects involved in the burglary. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 14-021838.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov