Print Cottonwood police search for burglar on a motocycle
Written by Christopher Fox Graham   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 13:28

On Tuesday, March 29, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 4800 block of Comanche Drive in Cottonwood regarding a residential burglary.

The victim indicated he had gone for a brief bicycle ride and when he returned home, he found the front door to his home pried open. He called YCSO just before 10 a.m.

Once inside, the victim discovered his master bedroom had been ransacked and jewelry was missing along with a .45-caliber handgun.

The victim noticed motorcycle tire tracks in his yard and recalled seeing a motocross style motorcycle accelerate out of the cul-de-sac next to his house while on his bicycle ride.

At the time, he did not associate the motorcycle with any criminal activity. A witness in the area was located and described the motorcycle as black and gray, possibly a two-stroke model, with an engine size of about 250cc. The rider was a white male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with short hair. No clothing description was provided.

There have been at least 2 additional residential burglaries in the Cottonwood area. It is unknown at this time if the motorcycle rider described above is involved.

These burglaries occurred in the 2200 block of Franquero Lane, reported March 27, and the 3300 block of Vaquero Lane, reported March 28. The method of entry for both locations was by forcing the front door open. Items stolen include a computer, watches, jewelry and a black iPod touch. It is most likely these incidents occurred during daytime hours.

YCSO also wants to notify the public about three vehicle burglaries in the same general area which were all reported March 27. These thefts likely occurred during the prior evening/early morning hours. All vehicles had been left unlocked. Incident locations include 4600 block of Bay Circle, 2600 of Village Drive, and the 2600 block of Mountain View Drive.

Stolen items include two baseball bats, two baseball gloves, eight baseballs, a Sprint cell phone and purse containing a victim’s Social Security number, driver’s license, debit card and checkbook.

Please remain extra alert to the possible suspect and motorcycle as described. Suspects will likely knock on a door to check and see if the home is occupied and if no answer, they will force the door open. Once inside, suspects will ransack and take items that can be carried away quickly.

Share this information with your neighbors who are home during day and ask them to call YCSO if they see suspicious activity related to the crime series.