On June 2, 2010, at approximately 10:30 PM, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Patrol Sergeant arrested 32-year-old Cottonwood resident Sergio Machado, who was in control of a stolen vehicle.
The YCSO Sergeant initially saw a blue 2010 Chevy Silverado truck speeding south on I17 in the Black Canyon City area. The Sgt. stopped the vehicle and contacted Machado who had no identification, registration or proof of vehicle ownership. While checking the interior of the vehicle for evidence of the driver's identity, the Sgt. noticed plastic protective liners on the flooring, new floor mats wrapped in plastic and a vehicle pricing sheet attached to the window from Larry Green Chevrolet. The vehicle did display a 3 day trip permit license attached to the license plate frame.
A record check indicated Machado's license was suspended. Contact was made with Larry Green Chevrolet in Cottonwood to determine the status of the Chevy Silverado. A manager at the dealership reported the car had been stolen and began checking into additional thefts. The manager later reported to YCSO that several vehicles had been stolen following a burglary of vehicle keys from dealership offices. The manager contacted Cottonwood Police Department to file a theft report. Machado was booked at the Camp Verde Detention for Vehicle Theft. He has since been released on a $5000.00 bond pending a court date of June 10, 2010.
Cottonwood Detectives are continuing their investigation into these thefts. An additional suspect was also arrested near the Mexico border in Bisbee driving one of the stolen vehicles. Other stolen vehicles have been located with the assistance of the On-Star® vehicle security and communications system. Three of the vehicles were recovered in the United States, and two more were located in Mexico. The estimated value of these recovered vehicles is in excess of $200, 000.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov