Youth Crime

Teen Crime Wave: Young Suspects Nabbed in Castle Canyon Mesa

Early Morning Foot Chase Ends in Arrests of 13- and 14-Year-Olds

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) was called to Castle Canyon Mesa early yesterday morning regarding suspicious activities involving three minors. Before attempting to break into a car, the youngsters were seen by nearby residents at Sunset and Treasure Drive surveying the vehicle. Upon arrival, officers discovered a car with a shattered window, an open door, damage to the ignition suggestive of an attempted auto theft, and other burglary tools scattered around, but the suspects had disappeared. The driver of the vehicle also reported a missing wallet.

Deputies immediately began canvassing the area for the suspects. At approximately 3:40 a.m., they spotted the juveniles, who promptly fled on foot. What followed was a tense 10-minute foot pursuit through the backyards and alleys of the neighborhood. Thanks to the swift response and assistance from the Prescott Valley Police Department, who established a perimeter, all three suspects were apprehended.

The young suspects, aged 13 and 14, were found with stolen property from the vehicle. They now face a litany of charges, including Attempted Theft of Means, Burglary, Theft, Trespassing, Criminal Damage, Taking ID of Another, False Identifying, and Resisting Arrest. Detectives are diligently collecting evidence from the vehicle and the scene to further their investigation.

YCSO has issued a call to the community, believing there may be additional car and property theft victims in and around the Castle Canyon Mesa and Granville neighborhoods. They urge anyone with information to come forward and contact them at 928-771-3260.

This incident highlights a concerning trend of juvenile involvement in criminal activities, reminiscent of the ‘Gilbert Goons’ case previously reported by All About Arizona News. The YCSO is committed to addressing these issues and ensuring the safety of the community. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the authorities.