Rimrock AZ (August 20, 2019) – On August 18, 2019, at approximately 3:45 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the McGuireville Mini Mart in the 2100 block of E Beaver Creek Rd, Rimrock, regarding an auto theft. The victim told deputies that while he was inside the mini-mart for just a couple of minutes, his gold 2003 Toyota Tacoma ½ ton pick-up was stolen. The stolen truck was last seen driving towards Rimrock. The vehicle license plate was entered into a national law enforcement database.
Just after 9 PM, the reporting deputy was contacted by officers from the Gallop Police Department in New Mexico. Their officers had located and stopped the vehicle. The suspect driver ran from officers and was not caught. The vehicle was recovered.
Deputies were able to locate video of the suspect who was in the mini-mart earlier in the day and 2 photos from the video are attached. The suspect is described as a Native American or Hispanic male, 5’10” in height, 160 lbs., black hair, brown eyes, and last wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, and a blue hat. In the video, the suspect is seen standing just outside the doorway and approached the vehicle as soon as the victim enters the store – an apparent crime of opportunity. *
Deputies are encouraging anyone with information on the suspect to contact YCSO at 928-771-3270 or report a tip anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Online tips may be reported at www.yavapaisw.com. If a direct tip to Silent Witness leads to the arrest of this suspect, a cash reward will be offered.
*Note – it goes without saying, but needs repeating – Never leave the car keys in your unattended and unlocked vehicle. Be aware of your surroundings as you never know who is watching.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260