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Hidden Camera Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspects in Walker
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28 April 2016   Dwight D'Evelyn
Victim's Hidden Camera Leads to Arrest of Burglary Suspects

On April 21, 2016, deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Potter Lane, Walker, regarding the burglary of a cabin. The victim had been away for a few weeks and upon return, noticed a significant amount of vandalism and ransacking to exterior and interior areas of the cabin and an adjacent shed. Clothing, bottles, utensils, and furniture were thrown around the cabin with many of the items sustaining damage. The refrigerator was found unplugged and its contents spoiled. The suspects ‘stabbed’ the walls and kitchen counter with knives and an overhead skylight window had been smashed. The damage estimate exceeds $10,000. A rifle and associated ammo was had been stolen along several other miscellaneous items. 

The victim noted he had set game cameras around the property perimeter. The first camera he inspected was damaged including removal of the memory card likely in an effort by suspects to avoid detection. The suspects missed a second hidden camera on the perimeter which was still functioning and when checked, displayed photos of 2 persons burglarizing the cabin. The high quality of images was expected to produce positive identification of the suspects as both were wearing clothing with unique logos and wording. Deputies determined the burglary likely occurred on, or about, April 2, 2016. One of the suspects could be seen carrying a black pry tool, likely a crowbar. Deputies soon developed information indicating suspects might live in the area. These suspicions were confirmed after comparing the hidden camera photo with a driver’s license photo for an 18-year-old female and Walker resident, Teren Rech. 

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau arrived to assist with the investigation. The next day, follow-up by detectives resulted in the arrest of Rech and her 16-year-old boyfriend from Prescott, whose image was also clearly captured by the game camera. Clothing worn by the suspects in the photos was located during the arrests. Rech was found at her home in Walker and booked on charges including Burglary x2, Theft x2 and Criminal Damage. She remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond. The juvenile was arrested at his home in Prescott the same day and booked into the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center. The rifle has since been recovered from Rech’s home. Both admitted involvement. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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