2 Teens arrested in Prescott-area crime spree

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. – Authorities have arrested two teens suspected in a series of theft and vandalism cases in the Prescott area.

One of the 16-year-old boys was taken into custody on July 22 after his mother questioned him about the quad he had been riding and contacted his probation officer, according to Dwight D'Evelyn with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies attempted to contact the teen at his Prescott Valley home, he fled on the quad and ran a couple of stop signs before they were able to stop him. A deputy recognized the quad from a prior investigation and confirmed it was stolen from a Prescott home in May.

D'Evelyn said the two suspects are accused of stealing two Polaris quads that were parked with keys in the ignition. The suspects hid one of the quads and rode off with the other. The hidden quad was discovered in a ditch on May 21 and returned to the owner.

Prior to that theft, the sheriff's office said the teens stole two bicycles from a home then allegedly burglarized a nearby residence, stealing a tent and what they thought was a marijuana plant.

The suspects rode the stolen bikes to Camp Yavapines and attempted to steal a golf cart but couldn't get it to run, according to D'Evelyn. They eventually abandoned it by rolling it down a hill with both bikes inside.

Sheriff's officials said the suspects also vandalized several buildings at Camp Yavapines and shoplifted items from a Wal-Mart store.

D'Evelyn said the suspect identified his crime partner and confessed to the additional thefts and vandalisms in the Prescott area. The second suspect was arrested the following day.

Both suspects were booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.