Seligman: Man arrested for stealing gas; possession of fake ID

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SELIGMAN - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On March 22, 2009 at 4:45 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported theft which occurred from a from a tow company yard in the 500 block of Route 66, Seligman.The witness told YCSO dispatchers that a male suspect, driving a small red sports car with New Mexico plates, had climbed over the fenced yard to steal a 5 gallon container of gas. The male emptied the contents of the container into the red car's fuel tank, drove away and was last seen east on the I40.

Since the YCSO deputy's response time was delayed due to multi-vehicle traffic accident on Highway 89 in Chino Valley, the Department of Public Safety was notified to watch for the suspect vehicle. DPS eventually located the vehicle on the I40 east of Seligman and detained the driver, 29-year-old Scott Veretto from New Mexico, along with 4 passengers. Veretto admitted taking gas from the enclosed tow yard. He explained that because the power was out in the area, none of the local stations were pumping gas.

During the investigation, the DPS Officer found Veretto in possession of a second New Mexico Driver's license displaying a different name and Veretto's photo. Veretto later admitted to deputies he made the fake ID on his computer and uses it at various casinos in Vegas. Deputies determined that the name on the ID belonged to an actual resident of New Mexico. DPS cited Veretto for driving on a suspended license, impounded the vehicle for 30 days and released Veretto to YCSO.

K9 "Elliot" and his handler were in the area and checked the vehicle prior to tow away. "Elliot" did alert on both the driver and passenger doors and a search of the vehicle revealed a methamphetamine pipe with residue and numerous prescription pills. Deputies also found burglary tools, including lock picks, altered screwdrivers and hand files.

The investigation concluded with Veretto's arrest for Burglary of a Commercial Yard, Theft, Possession of Burglary Tools, ID Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Veretto was booked at the Prescott Detention Center. Deputies are attempting to contact the New Mexico resident whose identity was stolen by Veretto.