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Kathryn Sinkevitch (PCSO)

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Kevin D. White decided the constitutional rights of murder suspect Kathryn Sinkevitch were not violated during the investigation to arrest her.

The decision comes down less than a week before her murder trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Florence.

Bret Huggins, attorney for Kathryn Sinkevitch, moved to suppress a phone call that police recorded in connection with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter in December 2016.

At an April 10 evidentiary hearing White listened to a defense motion to suppress an audio recording, claiming it was in violation of the suspect’s Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendment rights.

Sinkevitch is accused of shooting Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

Judge White made several decisions at the evidentiary hearing on April 10, including precluding any reference to an abortion of the child the two had together and the victim’s drug use and toxicology reports as he did have a medical marijuana card.

White approved evidence in the case related to the defendant’s and victim’s relationship history, the defendant’s knowledge of the victim’s address by hiring a private investigator to find him, paternity tests and protection orders.

White also approved the defense council’s motion for 100 additional hours of a defense investigator’s time.

 

Chad Campbell (PCSO photo)

 

Chad Campbell was arrested April 9 by Maricopa Police for possession of a dangerous drug, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers conducted a traffic stop at North Wilson Avenue and Edison Road shortly before 10 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle, Tiffany Jaun, was wanted on a warrant from Casa Grande. She also admitted to having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, according to the police probable cause statement.

Campbell and Ashley Holt were identified as passengers in the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, officers located a 50-milliliter alcohol bottle with a broken pen case protruding from the side. Officers described it as a common device used to inhale drugs.

“Officers also located a small baggy with a white powdery substance within the baggy located underneath the passenger seat,” the probable cause statement reads.

Ashley Holt (PCSO photo)

The substance later tested positive as methamphetamine.

Campbell was arrested, charged and taken to the Pinal County Jail. Holt was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

On Saturday Jeremy Leinen called the Maricopa Police saying someone stole $17 million from his bank account.

“A records check indicated Leinen was wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant issued by the Maricopa Municipal Court for an original charge of misdemeanor trespassing,” a police probable cause statement reads.

Police met with Leinen outside his residence on West Rio Lobo Drive at 7:40 p.m. about the alleged theft and quickly arrested him on the outstanding warrant.

“An investigation revealed Leinen’s claims of the 17-million-dollar theft was unfounded,” the probable cause statement reads.

 

 

A 41-year-old Maricopa man was arrested Sunday for child abuse, disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidating.

Sunday at 1 p.m. Maricopa Police responded to a disturbance. A woman reported her husband was threatening her children.

When officers arrived, the woman opened the door and pointed at her husband, according to the police probable cause statement. The man was taken into custody right away by police officers.

One of the children was interviewed and was crying and hysterical according to the report. The child said the father had been passed out on the couch since early that morning. The father allegedly asked the child to tell him if the mother was “cheating on him.” He allegedly threatened to kill the child if they didn’t tell him.

He is also accused of “flipping-off” the child, according to the police probable cause statement.

The wife and the children were placed on an emergency protection order against the man and he was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail.

Kathryn Sinkevitch is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Michael Agerter in Maricopa.

 

At a Wednesday evidentiary hearing in a Maricopa murder case, Pinal Superior Court Judge Kevin D. White listened to a defense motion to suppress an audio recording, claiming it was in violation of the suspect’s Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendment rights.

Bret Huggins, attorney for Kathryn Sinkevitch, moved to suppress a phone call that police recorded in connection with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter in December 2016.

White took the motion under advisement as Sinkevitch’s case is set for trial later this month

Sinkevitch is accused of shooting Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately but had an infant son together.

March 4, Huggins motioned to suppress the audio recording between Sinkevitch and her friend after the murder.

“On Dec. 16, 2016, after work, Kathryn Sinkevitch was invited over to the home of her friend Bridget Hopkins,” Huggins wrote in his motion to suppress. “Bridget lived with her husband and children at a residence in Mesa… Kathryn arrived there and was visiting inside the home.

“Police surrounded the house and arrested Sinkevitch and locked her in the back seat of a patrol car.

“This activity by the police was not supported by either an arrest or search warrant from any court,” Huggins wrote in his motion.

Sinkevitch was taken to the Maricopa Police Department from Mesa and locked into an interrogation room with a video camera running for several hours, according to files.

About 2:30 a.m., according to the motion, Sinkevitch “told police she was tired and needed to sleep. The detectives pushed on. Detectives gave Kathryn her Miranda rights. Kathryn told the police clearly, ‘lawyer, I want a lawyer.’”

Huggins continued, “At no time did police take Kathryn to a magistrate in Maricopa County prior to removing her to Pinal County. At no time did police make any effort to get Kathryn a lawyer.”

According to the motion, Maricopa Police influenced her friend Hopkins into recording a telephone conversation between them by threatening “to charge her as an accomplice to the homicide” if she did not assist them.

“At the police direction, Bridget sent a message to Kathryn asking her to call back,” according to the motion. “When the requested return call came back, police directed Ms. Hopkins to answer on speaker as they recorded and monitored the conversation. Indeed, Bridget conducted the conversation as she had been directed by police to do, in order to obtain incriminating information against Kathryn.”

Huggins maintains that police obtaining this “incriminating information” in this manner was in violation of Sinkevitch’s rights after she made a request for counsel, and an attorney was not present when the conversation was recorded.

Huggins asked the court to conduct a voluntariness hearing as he challenges Sinkevitch’s willingness to give a statement to police. He accused the police of overreaching their authority by using her friend to conduct the questioning.

“In assessing voluntariness, the court must consider the totality of circumstances to determine whether the statements were or were not the product of a rational intellect and free will,” the motion reads.

According the Huggins, the court must decide if Miranda warnings were given and waived by Sinkevitch, in addition to proving that her statement to police was voluntary.

“When a person asks for counsel, police may not question him about any matter until an attorney is present. In this case, Ms. Sinkevitch requested counsel, yet she was not provided with a lawyer. Instead, police sought to get around the express request through subterfuge and buy (sic) using her friend,” Huggins’ motion to suppress reads.

Judge White made several decisions at the evidentiary hearing, including precluding any reference to an abortion of the child the two had together and the victim’s drug use and toxicology reports as he did have a medical marijuana card.

White approved evidence in the case related to the defendant’s and victim’s relationship history, the defendant’s knowledge of the victim’s address by hiring a private investigator to find him, paternity tests and protection orders.

White also approved the defense council’s motion for 100 additional hours of a defense investigator’s time.

The first-degree murder trial of Sinkevitch is scheduled to begin on April 23.

Logan and Ryan Hackney were arrested along with their mother, but charges were dropped against the brothers.

 

When Machelle Hobson (also known as Hackney) was charged with abusing her seven children, her adult sons, Logan, 27, and Ryan, 25, Hackney, were also accused of failing to report her abuse. However, Pinal County Attorney’s Office has declined to press charges against Logan and Ryan Hackney. The brothers had been arrested along with their biological mother, who ran a successful YouTube channel starring the children.

County prosecutors declined to elaborate on the decision not to charge them.

Hobson, 48, was officially charged by a Pinal County Grand Jury with 30 counts on March 25.

She remains in the Pinal County Jail pending the posting of a $200,000 bond. She was first arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court March 19 along with two of her sons in a case of alleged child abuse that involved a popular YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures.” Most of the wholesome and family-friendly YouTube videos show the children going through superhero training or visiting fantasy lands.

The allegations against Hackney begin on March 13 when officers responded to a child-abuse investigation made by her biological daughter.

The daughter allegedly told police that her adoptive sister disclosed to her that she was being abused at the family’s home on North Donithan Way in the Villages by the mother.

Some estimates are that Hackney could have made as much as $2.5 million in advertising income airing the series on YouTube, based on industry standards for the number of views reported. She admitted to making $10,000 to $30,000 per month from the series in open court.

 

Kenneth Lewis (PCSO photo)

 

After a stint in the hospital, Kenneth Lewis, 43, was booked into the Pinal County Jail April 5 on two counts of criminal damage (recklessly defacing or damaging property of another person) and three counts of second-degree burglary.

Lewis was shot in the shoulder after allegedly breaking into a third house in the Cobblestone Farms subdivision on April 4.

A Maricopa homeowner shot Lewis inside his house Thursday. One of his neighbors, Erik Keen, held him on the driveway of the house until police arrived.

The homeowner shot at Lewis twice, hitting him once. The man is not expected to be charged for the shooting, as police believe it was self-defense.

Lewis is being held on a $5,000 bond and will be back in court April 12 for a preliminary hearing.

 

 

A woman who was protecting three children pushed an intruder out of her house. The intruder was later shot after allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s home down the street.

A Maricopa homeowner shot an intruder, Kenneth Lewis, inside his house Thursday in the Cobblestone Farms subdivision, and one of his neighbors held him until police arrived. The homeowner shot at Lewis, 43, twice, hitting him once in the shoulder. The man is not expected to be charged for the shooting, as police believe it was self-defense.

Police were called around 7 p.m. about an intruder in a house on Garden Lane. One of the residents of the house on Garden Lane was Erik Keen.

Keen said he was asleep upstairs in the house while his girlfriend, Marjorie Trabucco, and three daughters were downstairs when Lewis reportedly entered their house.

“My three daughters and my girlfriend that lives with me saw a guy jump over our back wall,” Keen said. “My girlfriend, Marjorie, went outside, and the guy ran to the side of our house and entered our side garage door and locked it behind him.  From there he went in the house door that goes into the laundry room. Now he’s in my house.”

Keen said Trabucco was locked outside the garage door and had to come back around the house to the back door.

“When she got back in the house, he was in our hallway,” Keen said. “My girlfriend, bless her, went after this guy, grabbed him and started pushing him out the garage door from which he entered. She got him out through the garage.”

Keen said his daughters then ran upstairs and woke him up.

“They said there’s a guy in the house. I got up, and she had him out of the house, and he had taken off down the street,” Keen said. “At that point, I got in my car and I started looking for this guy.”

Keen said he saw the man enter a house on the corner by breaking a window. Keen stopped to confront Lewis, but he took off running, he said.

Lewis reportedly entered a third house, where he was then shot by the homeowner. Despite police reports stating Lewis entered the backyard of the third house, Keen said he saw him slide under the slightly open garage door to enter the house.

“Then he went into a side gate and into the rear of the residence,” MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said. “He began banging on the sliding door. The homeowner was home and told him to leave. The man continued banging on the door.”

The 68-year-old homeowner went into another room and retrieved a firearm.

“The suspect advanced on the homeowner. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner fired two rounds at the individual, striking him once in the arm,” Alvarado said.

Keen said when he saw Lewis enter the garage of the third house, he didn’t have his phone, had no shoes and wasn’t dressed very well, so he returned home to get better clothing and his girlfriend.

“I drove up to that house again and he was still inside,” Keen said. “We gave the police that address. I heard a big crashing sound and it sounded like glass. I heard no gunshot at all. He came crawling back out from under the garage door. I got out of my car and I tackled him. I held him until the police came.”

Keen explained his actions by saying after the man was in his house, he had to go track him down and put an end to the event.

“I have to give my girlfriend all the credit, because she had no fear,” Keen said. “She went into full mama-bear mode and just went after this guy. They are my kids and not her kids, and she just went right after this guy and got him out of the house. She is pretty brave.”

Keen said he believed Lewis was on drugs and hallucinating wildly.

“He wasn’t violent,” Keen said. “He had delusion fear like there was actually someone after him and chasing him. He was imagining people on the walls. ‘There he is officer, there he is, see him officer.’ He was very [delusional]. We never have seen this guy before – ever.”

Lewis was transported to a “hospital in the Valley” by Maricopa Fire and Medical for a non-life-threatening injury to his arm and will initially be charged with trespassing. He will likely have other charges as the investigation continues.

He is not yet booked into the Pinal County Jail.

 

 

A Maricopa homeowner shot an intruder inside his house shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cobblestone subdivision.

The intruder he shot was a 43-year-old Cobblestone neighbor named Kenneth Lewis.

According to Maricopa Police Department, the homeowner shot at Lewis twice, hitting him once in the shoulder. He also told Lewis to leave before firing the shots, police said. The homeowner is not expected to be charged for the shooting, as police believe it was self-defense.

“Last night about 7 p.m. we received a phone call about an individual that had entered into a residence located on Garden Lane,” said MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. “The individual had entered the residence through an unlocked garage and was confronted by the homeowners. The homeowners recognized him as being a neighbor.”

Alvarado said they told the intruder, Lewis, to leave.

Neighbor speaks about break-in that ended in shooting

Suspect moved from hospital to jail

“He complied, however he was making statements that he was being chased and was being shot at,” Alvarado said. “After he left Garden Lane, he made his way to Celtic Lane, where he made entry into another residence that was unoccupied through a service door. For some reason he took a can of food and broke out a window. He exited the window through the garage and cut his leg.”

Then Lewis went to a second house on Celtic Lane, near the house he allegedly had broken into.

“There he went into a side gate and into the rear of the residence,” Alvarado said. “He began banging on the sliding door. The homeowner was home and told him to leave. The man continued banging on the door.”

Alvarado said the homeowner, who was 68 years old, went into another room and retrieved a firearm.

“At that time the homeowner heard glass breaking and someone entered the home,” Alvarado said. “He was confronted with the individual who was in the home. Fearing for his life, he was yelling at the guy to leave. The individual kept making statements that he was being followed and someone was trying to shoot him. The suspect advanced on the homeowner. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner fired two rounds at the individual, striking him once in the arm.”

Alvarado said the homeowner locked himself in a closet and called 911.

“The suspect exited the house through the garage,” Alvarado said. “He exited the garage onto the driveway. Residents from the first home he entered were actively searching for him and located him and held him down on the ground until officers arrived.”

Lewis was transported to a “hospital in the Valley” by Maricopa Fire and Medical for non-life-threatening injury to his arm, according to Alvarado.

Alvarado said Lewis will initially be charged with trespassing, but he expects more charges to be filed as the investigation continues.

The homeowner is not likely to be charged for the shooting, though that is up to the county attorney to decide.

“At this time, it looks like the individual was defending himself because he was in fear for his life,” Alvarado said.

 

Kin Phonasa (PCSO photo)

 

Kin Phonasa, 48, was arrested Monday, April 2, on suspicion of sexually molesting a child with autism.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, the child reported to police that over the spring break he “did sexual stuff” to her.

After a forensic medical exam at the San Tan Family Advocacy Center, the child alleged he had been molesting her since she was 4 or 5 years old and that it “still happens,” the report states.

Police arrested Phonasa the following day at his residence in Maricopa.

According to the police probable case statement, Phonasa admitted having sexual relations with the girl during an interview with police.

He was booked into the Pinal County Jail where he remains pending the posting of a $250,000 bond. He is charged with one count of molestation of a minor and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

Benjamin Cantu (PCSO photo)

A 29-year-old Maricopa man was charged by police with fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia on March 27.

Maricopa Police responded to the Chevron gas station about a theft. A man told police his wallet was stolen on March 26 about 3:30 p.m. when he was at a car parts store.

He told officers he did not cancel his credit cards, and when he awoke on March 27 he saw two fraudulent charges on his card. Both charges, for $7.69 and $4.57, were at the Chevron shortly after midnight.

The manager of the station provided police with video surveillance footage showing a man using the card. The subject was later identified as Benjamin Cantu.

Police state in their report, “Benjamin (Cantu) can be seen in the video purchasing a bag of chips and a drink in the amount of $4.57 at 0016 hours, then returning a second time and purchasing two more drinks and a bag of chips in the amount of $7.69 at 0019 hours.”

While an officer was at Chevron investigating the crime, Cantu rode in front of the gas station on a bicycle.

“I immediately exited the store and yelled, ‘Benjamin’ loudly. Benjamin stopped his bicycle and turned around, and I told him to come talk to me. Benjamin immediately rode over to me,” the officer wrote in their report.

The officer noted Cantu was wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the video. Cantu acknowledge making the purchases at the store but said the bank card he used to pay for the items was given to him by a friend.

The officer arrested him and, during a search, the officer allegedly found a glass smoking pipe in his pocket. The pipe had a black residue in it.

 

Camille Calvin (PCSO photo)

Two baggies of methamphetamine allegedly were located in Camille Calvin’s pants pockets March 30, but she claimed she didn’t own the drugs or the pants.

Maricopa Police were dispatched to a women’s shelter at 2:56 p.m. about a former client, Calvin, who had been discharged but had re-entered the facility without permission.

Upon arrival, police contacted Calvin, 43, inside the fenced yard of the facility, according to the police probable cause statement.

A records check indicated Calvin was wanted on a warrant. Police arrested her and “found a glass smoking pipe containing a usable quantity of methamphetamine (0.2 grams), two plastic baggies containing methamphetamine (1.5 grams) and a lighter,” according to the probable cause statement.

The substance field tested positive as methamphetamine.

“Calvin admitted knowledge of the warrant, admitted the pipe belonged to her and she used the pipe to smoke methamphetamine. Calvin denied the two baggies of methamphetamine belonged to her and told police they belonged to the owner of the pants she was wearing,” the probable cause statement reads.

She remains in jail pending the posting of a $1,000 bond.

Josiah Shields (PCSO photo)

On March 31 Maricopa Police responded to a disturbance call on North Ibis Way. During the investigation they ended up charging Josiah Shields, 19, with six drug felony charges.

When police arrived about 10:30 p.m. they found Shields and Trinity Olson, 19, standing next to a red 2007 Dodge station wagon parked in the street. Shields told police the vehicle was his and he was picking up Olson at her residence.

Police allegedly smelled “the odor of fresh marijuana emanating from within the vehicle, and a search of the vehicle was conducted,” a Maricopa Police probable cause statement reads.

Officers reportedly found just shy of a gram of marijuana on the driver’s seat and a blue pill that later tested positive as Oxycodone. They also located five cannabis oil cartridges, a glass bong, a red grinder, a package of “multiple silicone objects” used to house cannabis wax and four bottles of Nebula Nectars 500mg THC liquid in a backpack, according to the report.

The report also states officers found “over 350 empty clear cartridges used to hold cannabis oil in smoking devices” in the vehicle.

“It appeared Josiah (Shields) was filling the empty cartridges with cannabis oil to sell for profit,” the report states.

Officers also located $1,125 in cash. After arresting Shields, police also allegedly found 36 unknown white pills, an unknown red pill and a clear capsule with white powder inside located in his pocket.

Trinity Olson (PCSO photo)

He was booked into the Pinal County Jail on charges of narcotic drug for sale, two counts of possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a drug without a prescription, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He remains in the Pinal County Jail pending the posting of a $2,500 bond.

Olson was charged with domestic violence disorderly conduct for disturbing the peace of her mother as she was allegedly outside the mother’s home having a verbal argument with Shields, according to another police probable cause statement.

She was booked into the Pinal County Jail but has been released, according to jail records.

Police gathered at the scene of the arrest behind Fry's. Photo by Jim Headley

After a few tense moments, Maricopa Police arrested Robert Gomez Jr. behind Fry’s Marketplace Monday morning.

Robert Gomez (PCSO photo)

The call started out as an alleged domestic violence assault, but seven police officers eventually converged at the arrest scene, including one undercover officer. At least eight members of Maricopa Fire/Medical units were there to provide aid.

Gomez remains under investigation for the alleged assault, but he was already wanted on outstanding warrants and taken into custody by Maricopa Police.

“We received a phone call initially about a disturbance,” said Ricardo Alvarado, Maricopa Police public information officer. “A domestic dispute between two parties – a male and a female.”

Alvarado said the original report was that the man had left the scene and was traveling in a vehicle and being followed by the woman.

“Our officers located the vehicle as it was turning into the parking lot by Planet Fitness, off Edison,” said Alvarado. “The vehicle continued towards the back alleyway that goes along the back side of the businesses, to include Fry’s Marketplace. As the supervisor went to stop the vehicle, the rear door opened, and the subject exited the vehicle and attempted to flee. He made it about 20 yards and he tried to hide under a tractor-trailer that was parked there in the back.”

Alvarado said a police sergeant was able to call him out of his hiding place without incident.

It was determined that he had several outstanding warrants out of Coolidge and he was arrested immediately by Maricopa Police.

“We are still investigating the call that initiated all of this,” Alvarado said. “What we are investigating now is who the person was that was actually the aggressor in this case.”

The woman who called police and followed Gomez to Fry’s received medical attention at the arrest site. According to Alvarado, she had a cut lip.

“She had jumped in her vehicle and was following him. She was giving us [information] where the vehicle was going. Once our supervisor got involved, she disengaged. She stopped in the parking lot by Planet Fitness.”

She initially refused medical treatment.

“We are currently investigating this,” Alvarado said. “We have one version that says he was the aggressor and we have another version with witnesses saying he wasn’t the aggressor and that he was merely trying to leave and that the female tried to attack him. He apparently pushed her away to get in the vehicle to leave. We haven’t made a determination, yet. He has outstanding warrants, so he’s under arrest for them.”

Photo by Jim Headley

Marcos Martinez. (PCSO photo)

Marcos Martinez, 24, was found competent to stand trial on March 20, as Judge Lawrence Wharton found him mentally competent after reviewing Arizona State Hospital evaluation reports.

Martinez is accused of murdering his 62-year-old grandmother, Vicky Ten Hoven. She was found dead from multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma in her Maricopa home on Jan. 28, 2018.

Prosecutors have until May 31 to determine if they will seek the death penalty against Martinez.

He is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on May 24 for a status review and he remains in the Pinal County Jail pending the posting of a million-dollar bond.

Zachary Greenwood. (PCSO photo)

 

Zachary Greenwood, 27, of Maricopa, was arrested March 23 on two counts of molestation of a minor and continued sexual abuse of a child.

The child’s mother reported her suspicions to Maricopa Police Department Saturday night. Early Sunday morning, the mother and her child went to Phoenix Child Help for a forensic medical examination, according to the police report.

During a forensic interview at San Tan Family Advocacy Center, the child described an encounter with Greenwood and indicated previous incidents had occurred.

He was arrested at 12:44 p.m. at home on West Portobello Road in Acacia Crossing and transported to Pinal County Jail. He has a bond-eligibility hearing set for Tuesday.

 

Adam Fox and Winona Wells were both arrested. PCSO photos

 

Adam Fox, 23, and Winona Wells, 55, were arrested by Maricopa Police at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a dangerous drug, methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphrenia.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Maricopa Police, while patrolling in the area of West Dutchman and Hogenes Boulevard, an officer observed a male suspect wearing a red baseball cap, a black leather jacket and jeans peering over the back wall of a house. The suspect, later determined to be Fox, walked across the front yard of the house and “subsequently jumped over the west side block wall entering into the back yard.”

The officer observed a red Hyundai parked in front of the house, “occupied with a female, later identified as Winona Wells.”

The officer wrote that Fox jumped back over the wall and “began walking towards the passenger door of the red vehicle with a metal object in hand. He noticed my vehicle and placed the metal object on the roof of the vehicle,” the officer wrote in their report.

While the officer spoke with Fox, a second police officer arrived and noticed a plastic container near the passenger side seat.  Wells exited the vehicle while officers continued to search the car.

“Officers located in the center console a glass ‘meth pipe’ with residue and a second ‘meth pipe’ in the glove box,” according to the probable cause statement. “In addition, within Winona’s purse, a small red plastic baggy containing white crystal substance which was later identified with a field test as 0.6 grams of methamphetamine.”

Wells told officers both pipes were hers and the methamphetamine was purchased two to three days ago.

Fox told officers he was kicked out of the house and he was attempting to enter the home to “gather some of his clothes inside.” He said he was not able to contact the homeowner, who is his cousin, by telephone or by ringing the front door bell.

“When questioned about the object on the roof (of the car) he said he would have used it to open the back door of the home,” the probable cause statement reads.

Officers found a small plastic bag in the left pocket of his leather jacket that contained 0.4 grams of methamphetamine.

Wells and Fox were both arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail.

 

Machelle Hobson aka Hackney (PCSO photo)

Machelle Hobson was officially charged by a Pinal County Grand Jury with 30 counts on Monday.

Hobson (previously going by the last name of Hackney) remains in the Pinal County Jail pending the posting of a $200,000 bond. At an arraignment hearing Friday, she is scheduled to enter a plea to the grand jury indictments of 24 counts of child abuse, five counts of kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault.

“After a full and fair evaluation of all known facts and all known evidence, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office is confident these charges reflect the criminal actions perpetrated by Ms. Hobson. This office is committed to fairly and impartially administering justice for all those involved,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer said Tuesday in a press release.

Hobson, 48, of Maricopa was first arraigned in Pinal County Superior Court March 19 along with two of her sons in a case of alleged child abuse that involved a popular YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures.” Most of the wholesome and family-friendly YouTube videos show the children going through superhero training or visiting fantasy lands.

Hobson was arrested March 15 with her biological adult sons Logan Hackney, 26, and Ryan Hackney, 28. Originally her charges included seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment, five counts of child neglect and two counts of molestation of a child. The sons were each charged with seven counts of failing to report abuse of a minor.

After the case was widely publicized last week, the YouTube series grew to more than 800,000 subscribers and over 250 million views as of March 20. Since charges were filed against Hobson, YouTube has taken down the channel.

Machelle Hobson is accused of abusing her five adopted children at this house in Maricopa.

Some estimates are that Hackney could have made as much as $2.5 million in advertising income airing the series on YouTube, based on industry standards for the number of views reported.

The allegations against Hackney begin on March 13 when officers responded to a child abuse investigation made by her biological daughter.

The daughter allegedly told police that her adoptive sister disclosed to her that she was being abused at the family’s home on North Donithan Way in the Villages by the mother.

Machelle Hackney is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on Friday, and Logan and Ryan Hackney are scheduled to appear April 8. The two sons remain free on their own recognizance without bond.

 

Devin Myrick (PCSO photo)

 

Devin Myrick was arrested March 18 on charges of domestic violence assault, criminal damage and an outstanding warrant.

Maricopa Police maintain Myrick intentionally assaulted his girlfriend at their residence on West Copper Trail about 5 a.m.

“Devin was woken up to her packing their vehicle with her belongings and their daughter with the intention of leaving for California due to their relationship issues,” an MPD probable cause statement reads. “Devin became enraged and began throwing her belongings out of the vehicle, into the driveway, damaging an ACER computer monitor, ASUS computer monitor and an HP tower computer with a combined value of $100.”

The report continues, “Devin grabbed her by her left arm and began pulling her out of the residence, telling her she needed to leave. During the struggle, she received an injury to her upper lip which appeared swollen, but stated she was not sure how it happened.”

The officer ran a background check on Myrick and found he was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Maricopa.

Myrick was arrested and taken to the Pinal County Jail.

 

Alas Barre was arrested Wednesday for second-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after he was told to stop moving the furniture around inside the Maricopa Veteran’s Center.

On Wednesday, “Barre entered into and remained unlawfully inside the Veterans’ Center Facility located on West Maricopa Casa Grande Highway,” a Maricopa Police officer wrote in a probable cause statement.

Barre had already been “verbally trespassed from the property” Tuesday.

The officer stated it was a clear violation of the trespassing statues.

“While within the facility (he) began to move furniture around and was told to stop,” the report states. “Alas did not stop. Alas continued to engage in behavior which was seriously disruptive with knowledge he was doing so.”

Barre was contacted by police after the event occurred, refused to “answer administrative questions and was later booked at the Pinal County Jail.”

 

Gary Perkins (PCSO photo)

A man was arrested March 18 by Maricopa Police on suspicion of credit card fraud. His girlfriend was also arrested by MPD officers on domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct charges.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, Gary Perkins was arrested on North Grantham Road on an “active nationwide extraditable warrant for 16 counts of credit card fraud.”

The officer was initially dispatched the area on “a disturbance call between a male and a female.”

After running a background check, they discovered Perkins was wanted on the warrant. He was placed under arrest, transported to the Pinal County Jail and awaits extradition.

Perkins’ girlfriend, Laura Hughley, told officers she was “punched and pushed by her boyfriend,” according to a police probable cause statement.

“Gary had scratches on his left arm and on his right hand. The scratches on his right hand were bleeding,” the officer wrote in the report. “Gary stated he arrived at the listed residence to get tools from a friend. Gary stated he was inside the residence when there was a banging at the front door.”

Perkins told officers he went to the door and saw his fiancée standing outside. He said his girlfriend must have left work early and tracked him to the location.

“Gary said Laura was yelling and cursing at him,” the officer wrote.

Perkins decided to leave to avoid the escalation of the situation and he got into his vehicle to drive away, but she blocked his car with her vehicle and attacked him, he told police.

“Gary said Laura pulled the key from the ignition and broke it off the key ring,” the officer stated in the report.

Perkins told police he didn’t hit her but rather pushed her to get her off him. Two witnesses to the incident confirmed Perkins stories to officers.

“Laura stated she tracked Gary to the listed address through his cell phone. Laura said Gary has previously lied to her, so she arrived at the residence to find out what he was doing,” the probable cause statements reads. “Laura said Gary attempted to leave by getting into his vehicle, which is owned by her. Laura said she got the keys from Gary to prevent him from leaving.”

Hughley told officers she was the one who was pushed and punched. “But the only injury I observed was scratches on her hand which is consistent with Laura and Gary struggling for the vehicle keys,” the officer wrote.

She was arrested for domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct after the officers were at the scene for about a half hour.

Video series may have made millions

Machelle Hackney and two adult sons, Ryan and Logan, face charges. (PCSO photos)

Machelle Hackney, 48, of Maricopa was arraigned Tuesday along with two of her sons in a case of alleged child abuse that involved a popular YouTube channel.

Hackney was arrested Friday with Logan Hackney, 26, and Ryan Hackney, 28. As previously reported, her charges include seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment, five counts of child neglect and two counts of molestation of a child. The sons were each charged with seven counts of failing to report abuse of a minor.

Machelle Hackney is being held in the Pinal County Jail pending a $200,000 bond. The sons were released without bond on their own recognizance, according to court records.

Court records indicate the children are aged 3 to 15.

Machelle Hackney, who also goes by her maiden name Hobson as well as other names, allegedly made several of her seven minor children perform in a popular YouTube video series, “Fantastic Adventures.” Most of the wholesome and family-friendly YouTube videos show the children going through superhero training or visiting fantasy lands.

One episode, posted Feb. 6, has two of the children engaged in a food fight, throwing hundreds of dollars in food at each other, yet the seven children were allegedly found by authorities in a dehydrated and malnourished state about a month after this episode aired on YouTube.

After the case was widely publicized this week and the accused and the video channel publicly identified to a national audience, the YouTube series grew to more than 800,000 subscribers and over 250 million views as of March 20. Since charges were filed against Hackney, YouTube has demonetized the channel but initially stated it would not take down the channel unless Hackney is convicted of crimes.

However, at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, the channel was removed.

Estimates are that Hackney could have made as much as $2.5 million in advertising income airing the series on YouTube, based on industry standards for the number of views reported. YouTube is no longer running ads on the channel.

“We take safety on YouTube very seriously. We work closely with leading child safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people,” a YouTube spokesperson said in a written statement. “When we’re made aware of serious allegations of this nature we take action, which may include suspending monetization, or, upon conclusion of an investigation, terminating channels.”

The allegations against Hackney begin on March 13 when officers responded to a child abuse investigation made by her biological daughter.

The daughter allegedly told police that her adoptive sister disclosed to her that she was being abused at the family’s home on North Donithan Way in the Villages by the mother.

Machelle Hackney is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on March 26, and Logan and Ryan Hackney are scheduled to appear April 8.

Three charged with child abuse, molestation, imprisonment, neglect

A 48-year-old Maricopa woman was charged March 15 by Maricopa Police with two counts of molestation of a child, seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and five counts of child neglect.

Her name was redacted from the MPD probable cause statement to protect the identity of her seven minor children, the alleged victims in this case. The woman’s two adult sons, ages 26 and 28, were also charged with seven counts of failing to report abuse of a minor.

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The woman allegedly made several of her seven minor children perform in a popular YouTube video series. Most of the YouTube videos show the children going through super hero training or visiting fantasy lands. The series has nearly 800,000 subscribers and almost 250 million views as of March 19.

The allegations against the woman begin on March 13 when officers responded to a child abuse investigation. A woman told police that her adoptive sister disclosed to her that she was being abused at the family’s home on North Donithan Way in the Villages by her mother.

“The abuse was described as being pepper sprayed, left in a locked closet for days at a time with no food, water or restroom, and [she] stated her six other siblings [were] being punished in the same manner,” the probable cause statement reads.

When police went to the residence, they found one child in an unlocked closet, which did have a locking mechanism on it. The child was wearing just a pull-up. Officers then came in contact with six other children at the residence. All appeared to be malnourished, with pale complexions, dark rings under their eyes and underweight, and they said they were thirsty and hungry, according to the probable cause statement.

While officers were speaking with one of the children, “he consumed three 16-ounce bottles of water within a 20-minute timeframe. He advised he was pepper sprayed numerous times as punishment by his mother,” according to the probable cause statement.

One of the children was offered a bag of potato chips but was fearful to eat it as she did not want her mother to smell the chips on her breath, the officer wrote in the police report.

“While at the residence, (the woman) had her two adult sons prepare food for her children, (one of the children) stated her mother only allowed them to have food because the police were there, as she has not been allowed to eat for two days,” the probable cause statement reads.

The Department of Child Services responded to the scene and removed seven children from the woman’s custody, the report states.

A search warrant at the home allegedly turned up two cans of pepper spray. The closet where the children had reported being left for days was in the master bedroom and had a deadbolt lock, bare tile floor, no windows, furniture, blankets, clothing or toys.

According to the police report, the children told officers their mother would keep them locked in the closet for days without food, water or a restroom. They said their mother would “spray them with pepper spray all over their face and body, spank them, force them to take ice baths and, when resisting, would force their head underwater as well as … make them stand in the corner with their arms raised above their head for several hours at a time.”

One child told investigators they would “either get beat with a hanger or belt or a brush or get pepper sprayed from head to toe.”

One child, “said prior to her mom pepper spraying them, she typically puts on a mask first to protect herself,” the probable cause statement said.

According to the probable cause statement, some of the older children were pepper sprayed and locked in the closet for a week.

“All the children made mention of having to participate in their mom’s YouTube channel,” the probable cause statement reads.

The children told investigators they were disciplined if they did not recall their lines or didn’t participate as directed. They also said their mother took them out of school to keep filming the series “and they mentioned they have not been in school for years,” the probable cause statement reads.

The woman denied the allegation and was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail with her two adult sons.

Nicole Mistrioty (PCSO photo)

 

Allegedly shoplifting a $4 bag of pretzels has led to felony shoplifting charges against 21-year-old Nicole Mistrioty because of a string of other shoplifting charges on her record.

On March 11, Maricopa Police responded to a shoplifting complaint at QuikTrip (QT) on John Wayne Parkway at 8 a.m.

“An unknown person concealed a bag of pretzels in her purse,” and left the business without paying for them, according to a police probable cause statement.

A QT employee provided police with a detailed description of the woman and a license plate of the vehicle she was driving, a dark-colored Honda. They also had video footage of the woman taking the pretzels.

“I observed the female walk to the back of the store with a bag of pretzels valued to be approximately $4 and place the bag into her purse. The female then walked to the register, paid for a drink, and walked out of the QT without paying for the pretzels,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

The license plate number provided to police was registered to an address in Gilbert. The officer made contact with the people at the Gilbert residence, and they stated that the vehicle was sold two weeks ago, and they provided a second license plate of the car the buyer was driving when they purchased the vehicle.

That plate number came back to an address on West Mediterranean Way in Maricopa.

The officer drove to the location and made contact with Mistrioty, who matched the description given by the employee at QT. The officer also noted that the person in the video taking the pretzel was Mistrioty.

“I asked Nicole what happened at the QT and why I was speaking to her. Nicole stated she shoplifted a bag of pretzels at QT. I also observed the same bag of pretzels still in Nicole’s purse. She stated she was sorry and knew it was wrong. I asked Nicole why she didn’t pay for the pretzels since she paid for a drink, and Nicole stated she did not know,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

After reviewing Mistrioty’s criminal history, they discovered she was previously arrested three times for shoplifting in Phoenix, making the new charge a felony.

Mistrioty was taken to the Pinal County Jail and booked for felony shoplifting with two or more shoplifting charges within the past five years. The offense is a Class IV felony.

 

Kathryn Sinkevitch is accused of murdering ex-boyfriend Michael Agerter in Maricopa.

Attorneys for Kathryn Sinkevitch moved to suppress a phone call police recorded in connection with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Agerter in December 2016.

Sinkevitch is accused of shooting Agerter, her ex-boyfriend, in the garage of his rental home in Rancho El Dorado. The two lived separately, but had an infant son together. Agerter was reportedly attempting to gain parental rights to the child, who was 1-month-old at the time of the murder.

March 4, defense attorney Bret Huggins motioned to suppress the recording, claiming it was in violation of Sinkevitch’s Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendment rights. Sinkevitch was initially taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.

“On Dec. 16, 2016, after work, Kathryn Sinkevitch was invited over to the home of her friend Bridget Hopkins,” Huggins wrote in his motion to suppress. “Bridget lived with her husband and children at a residence in Mesa… Kathryn arrived there and was visiting inside the home.

“Police surrounded the house and arrested Sinkevitch and locked her in the back seat of a patrol car.

“This activity by the police was not supported by either an arrest or search warrant from any court,” Huggins wrote in his motion.

Sinkevitch was taken to the Maricopa Police Department from Mesa and locked into an interrogation room with a video camera running for several hours according to the motion.

About 2:30 a.m., according to the motion, Sinkevitch “told police she was tired and needed to sleep. The detectives pushed on. Detectives gave Kathryn her Miranda rights. Kathryn told the police clearly, ‘lawyer, I want a lawyer.’”

Huggins continued, “At no time did police take Kathryn to a magistrate in Maricopa County prior to removing her to Pinal County. At no time did police make any effort to get Kathryn a lawyer.”

According to the motion, Maricopa Police influenced her friend Hopkins into recording a telephone conversation between them by threatening “to charge her as an accomplice to the homicide” if she did not assist them.

“At the police direction, Bridget sent a message to Kathryn asking her to call back,” according to the motion. “When the requested return call came back, police directed Ms. Hopkins to answer on speaker as they recorded and monitored the conversation. Indeed, Bridget conducted the conversation as she had been directed by police to do, in order to obtain incriminating information against Kathryn.”

Huggins maintains that police obtaining this “incriminating information” in this manner was in violation of Sinkevitch’s rights after she made a request for counsel, and an attorney was not present when the conversation was recorded.

Huggins asked the court to conduct a voluntariness hearing as he challenges Sinkevitch’s willingness to give a statement to police. He accused the police of overreaching their authority by using her friend to conduct the questioning.

“In assessing voluntariness, the court must consider the totality of circumstances to determine whether the statements were or were not the product of a rational intellect and free will,” the motion reads.

According the Huggins, the court must decide if Miranda warnings were given and waived by Sinkevitch, in addition to proving that her statement to police was voluntary.

“When a person asks for counsel, police may not question him about any matter until an attorney is present. In this case, Ms. Sinkevitch requested counsel, yet she was not provided with a lawyer. Instead, police sought to get around the express request through subterfuge and buy (sic) using her friend,” Huggins’ motion to suppress reads.

The attorney requested the court to hold an evidentiary hearing and to suppress the recording between Sinkevitch and Hopkins. The next hearing scheduled in Sinkevitch’s case is April 10.

Scott Helms (left) and Christopher Devine were arrested March 5. (PCSO photos)

 

Two Maricopa men were arrested March 5 by Maricopa Police on numerous charges of sexual crimes on children.

According to a Maricopa Police probable cause statement, on Jan. 3 the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported to the Internet Crimes Against Children that apparent child pornography was being sent between Scott Helms and another unidentified person on Facebook Messenger.

The unidentified person is under the age of 18 and their identity is protected in charging documents.

“After interviewing (the unidentified person) he admitted to sending nude photographs to Scott on several occasions through Facebook Messenger,” the probable cause statement reads.

The report states Helms knew the unidentified person was under the age of 18, admitted receiving nude photographs from them and “engaging in verbal sexual communication and promises.”

After a data analysis was performed on Helm’s cellphone, the nude photographs and the conversations were confirmed, according to the probable cause statement.

Helms, 53, was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, luring a minor and contributing to delinquency.

While investigating Helms, authorities discovered photos and videos of Christopher Devine, 48, having sex with minors during their data analysis of the cellphone, according to the probable cause statement. They also found sexually related communication between Devine and minors according to the report.

Devine was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual conduct with a minor, furnishing to a minor, luring a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The minor reported meeting Devine through a phone application called “Grinder,” the probable cause statement reports. When Devine was interviewed by police, he said they met through an app called “Daddy Hunt.”

Devine also admitted to engaging in oral sex with the minor on five occasions, anal sex on three occasions and knew they were under 18, according to the probable cause statement.

Both men, who live in Maricopa, were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Cedrick Jackson (PCSO photo)

 

Cedrick Jackson was arrested Feb. 28 on charges of felony possession of drugs (methamphetamine), paraphernalia, aggravated assault and resisting arrest after a Maricopa Police officer noticed an expired license plate.

Jackson was driving on John Wayne Parkway about 7 p.m. when an officer saw the expired plate on his vehicle. The vehicle was stopped on Cobblestone Farms Road. Jackson and two adult males were in the vehicle, according to the MPD probable cause statement.

A second officer arrived at the scene and allegedly smelled marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle. A records check also indicated one of the passengers in the vehicle was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Police had Jackson exit the vehicle and an officer told him there was an odor of marijuana inside the vehicle and his passenger was wanted on a warrant. Jackson exited the vehicle, but the officer reported he refused to comply with commands and faced the officer “with his fists clenched,” according to the report.

The officer grabbed Jackson as he attempted to pull away and put Jackson “in a control hold by wrapping his arms around Jackson and tackled Jackson to the pavement,” according to the report.

Additional officers arrived and helped place Jackson into handcuffs as the second officer kept control over the two passengers.

A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic bottle containing about 1.7 grams of methamphetamine. The container was found inside a door compartment.

According to the report, Jackson not only admitted the bottle belonged to him, but he also described it to officers. He said he resisted arrest because he knew officers would arrest him for the drugs, according to the report. The methamphetamine field-tested positive.

Jackson was transported to the Pinal County Jail and booked.

 

 

A 39-year-old Maricopa man was arrested for child abuse and threatening domestic violence after allegedly striking his daughter numerous times in the legs with a pipe.

The saga began Feb. 20, when the daughter allegedly invited a juvenile male friend over to the house on West Barcelona Drive in Maricopa without permission about 3 p.m., according to the Maricopa Police Department’s statement of probable cause.

The girl’s father caught the boy in her room and kicked him out of the residence, according to the report.

“While the juvenile male was being kicked out of the residence, [the father] slapped [the daughter] across the face,” the report states. “Once the juvenile male left the premises, [the father] went to the garage, obtained a PVC pipe and approached [the daughter]. She was struck numerous times on the side of the knee, the back of the thigh and on her rear-end by the PVC pipe.”

According to the report, the girl’s mother grabbed the pipe and said it was enough.

“After the last hit, she fell to the ground and her dad got on top of her and started strangling her, with two hands around her throat at the time,” the probable cause statement reads. “[The father] then got up and [the mother] reported he kicked her on the back of the leg.”

The girl was sent to her bedroom, “and [the father] came in and broke her cellphone. [The daughter] reported [the father] saying if she tells anyone she is going to get it worse the next time and made comments about killing her,” the probable cause statement reads.

The girl was not interviewed about the attack until Feb. 25, five days later, according to the probable cause statement.

“A medical forensic exam was completed where large hematomas were observed on [the girl’s] legs, rear-end and thigh and bruises on her arms and lower leg,” according to the report.

The Department of Child Safety was contacted and reportedly took custody of the girl.

On Feb. 25, at 8:48 p.m., the father was arrested at his residence, taken to the Maricopa Police Department and informed of his Miranda Rights. He was transported to the Pinal County Jail and booked.

Fabian Hernandez (PCSO photo)

 

A stolen Ford F-150 pickup was recovered Feb. 24 after it became stuck in the mud near the Sorrento subdivision.

Fabian Hernandez, 27, was arrested and charged with theft of means of transportation and booked into the Pinal County Jail.

Officers with the Maricopa Police Department responded about 3:30 p.m. after a caller said a gray Ford F-150 was stuck in the area. A registration check of the license plate indicated to officers the vehicle was stolen out of the City of Coolidge on Feb. 22.

Arriving on site, the officer found five people standing around the vehicle, according the report.

The officer contacted the subjects, and two were identified by their Mexican Matricular cards. They said they were installing drywall nearby in new homes when they were approached by Fabian Hernandez, who asked if they could help him get his truck out of the mud.

One of the men told the officer they were done for the day, so they agreed to help push the pickup out of the mud.

The officer decided to detain two of the people near the truck and when they approached Hernandez, he took off running, according to the report. A Border Patrol canine helped find Hernandez 400 yards away lying in the brush.

Hernandez, Tyshon Norris and another unidentified person were transported to the Maricopa Police Department and interviewed. Norris, and the unidentified person, told officers that Hernandez picked them up in the stolen vehicle on the Gila River Reservation, according to the probable cause statement.

“They drove taking back roads and were heading to the Ak-Chin when the vehicle got stuck in the mud,” the officer wrote in the probable cause statement.

Most auto burglars are simply checking for unlocked vehicles, according to MPD.

 

Car burglaries have been happening across the city, mostly in the Cobblestone Farms area.

In the past week, eight car burglaries have occurred in the Cobblestone area and three vehicles were stolen in other parts of the city.

“At the beginning of the year, we had 48 vehicle burglaries,” said Maricopa Police spokesman Ricardo Alvarado. “These criminals are going around and checking for unlocked vehicles. Once they find one that’s unlocked, they go through it and take whatever is in the vehicle. In the past, they have taken anything from laptops, wallets, loose change, cellphone chargers, GPS units and stuff like that.”

Alvarado said in the latest string of burglaries in Cobblestone, police do have video footage of the suspects trying to open cars without succeeding.

“They’re trying to see if vehicles are locked or unlocked. In the video, they’re simply checking the door and if it’s locked, they just move on to the next vehicle, until they find a target of opportunity,” he said.

Alvarado said nightly at 9 p.m. police use social media to remind people to lock their car and house doors, turn on their outdoor lights and remove any valuables from their vehicles.

“It is a good thing that we’ve gone from 48 at the beginning of the year to six or seven. It’s simply people not locking their doors,” he said.

There have been three vehicles stolen in the past week.

“We’ve had vehicles taken out of here,” Alvarado said. “We haven’t been able to determine if these doors were locked or unlocked. Many of them are Ford pickup trucks. Those are taken frequently, Valley-wide, because of their popularity and ease to be stolen when it comes to their interlock device of their ignition.”

Generally stolen vehicles are recovered within 24 hours.

“Most of them have been recovered to the north of us on the Gila River Indian community,” Alvarado said. “There have been some that have been burned. Some have been vandalized and some have been stripped. There haven’t been any that have been missing long term.”

Two forcible house break-ins occurred in Maricopa on Feb. 15.

One family had their side door on their garage pried open in Desert Cedars while they were away for a little more than an hour. Burglars rummaged through the home and stole guns and jewelry.

One other house was also burglarized but the owner lives out of town and it was unknown what items may have been taken.

“We had a couple other occasions where we’ve had criminal damage to rear sliding glass doors,” he said. “Some of it’s been crimes of opportunities, and at least one of them is the first forced entry burglary. We don’t know why these residents are being targeted.”

Alvarado said police are seeking surveillance camera video in the area and are urging people to register their cameras in their block watch program.

“We try to get everyone to know their neighbors and if you see something, say something,” Alvarado said.