Deputies arrest construction equipment burglar in progressPosted: Updated:
HUMBOLDT- The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:
On January 19, 2008, at approximately 9:00 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported burglary in progress in the 3000 block of 3rd Street, Humboldt. The informant told dispatches he saw suspicious headlights in a secured storage yard at the location and when he checked the main gate, he noticed the lock had been cut. The informant then noticed an Arizona plated blue van parked inside the yard with the side doors open. No one was seen. The informant called YCSO immediately.
Deputies began checking the area and found holes in the fence cut by suspects which allowed access to an upper storage yard. Several tractor trailer storage units in this yard had their latches cut open to gain access. Many pieces of construction equipment had been removed from these storage trailers and were found in the blue van. Some of the property had been staged next the van in preparation to load.
During a search of the area, deputies located footprints tracking away from a hole in the fence of the storage yard. Deputies followed the footprints into a culvert area near an industrial park where two suspects were seen. Both suspects ran from deputies, and one was eventually caught after a brief foot pursuit. He identified himself as 39-year-old "Thomas Martinez." Two sets of gloves were found on his person. A search continued into the night for the second suspect, but he was not located. Attempts to identify and locate this person are ongoing. The current estimate of property stolen and recovered is $10, 000.
Suspect "Martinez" was transported to, and booked at the Prescott Detention Center. During a fingerprint check, the suspect's true identity was discovered and he was correctly identified as Raymundo Hernandez. He was charged with 6 counts of Burglary, 2 counts of Criminal Damage and two counts of Trespass. Hernandez is a citizen of Mexico. His immigration status in the U.S. is still under review.