Prescott Valley man arrested in connection with stolen rock crusher

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James Richard Zinkl, 52, has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property. By Andrew Michalscheck James Richard Zinkl, 52, has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property. By Andrew Michalscheck

PRESCOTT Valley, Ariz. -- Police in Prescott Valley have arrested a man in connection with a stolen rock crusher.

James Richard Zinkl, 52, has been booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property.

On June 18, Prescott Valley Police received a report of a stolen rock crusher from a business. The crusher was valued at approximately $8,000.

During the course of their investigation, authorities located a rock crusher similar to the one that was stolen on Zinkl’s property.

Zinkl told police that another person had parked the rock crusher at his house. He initially stated that he did not steal the machine and had no idea that it was stolen.

Zinkl went on to admit that he thought the rock crusher was stolen because the person who brought it to his home was transient and could not afford it. He did, however, continue to deny any involvement in the theft.

Zinkl was subsequently arrested and taken to jail.