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Navajo County Sheriff’s Report 3/11/2012 through 3/17/2012

3/11/2012 through 3/17/2012

Area 3 is the largest area of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, it covers over 2,200 square miles. Currently we have one Sergeant, six deputies, and one detective assigned to the area. Their area of coverage includes: Heber, Overgaard, Aripine, Chevlon Retreat, Chevlon Acres, Antelope Valley, Clay Springs, and Pinedale.

On Sunday 3-11-12 around 6:45 pm a deputy conducted a traffic stop on HWY 260 in Overgaard for speeding. The driver Eddie Rodarte, age 22, from New Mexico was issued a criminal citation for driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

On Tuesday 3-13-12 around 9:45 pm a deputy conducted a traffic stop on HWY 260 in Overgaard for an equipment violation. The driver Joel Smith, age 37, from San Tan Valley was found to be driving on a suspended license. Joel was issued a criminal citation for the offense and his vehicle was impounded per state law.

On Thursday 3/15/2012 at approximately 8:45 pm, Ian Colwell, was arrested for driving on a suspended driver’s license while in the area on Highway 277 and Quail Run Road, Overgaard, Arizona. Ian was issued a criminal citation and was cited and released. Ian’s vehicle was impounded per state law.

On Friday 3-16-12 around 8:15 am a deputy conducted a traffic stop on Mogollon Dr in Overgaard for a stop sign violation. The driver Sophia Williams, age 26, from Overgaard was issued a criminal citation for driving on a suspended license. Sophia’s vehicle was impounded per state law. Sophia was cited and released for the offense.

On Friday 3-16-12 around 9:15 am a deputy conducted a traffic stop on HWY 260 in Overgaard for speeding. The driver Kelsey Cox, age 24, from Show Low was issued a criminal citation for driving 70 mph in a 45 mph zone.

On Friday 3-16-12 around 10:00 am deputies responded to Chevron on HWY 260 in Heber in reference to a possible credit card fraud case.  The store clerk reporting this case was able to provide deputies with suspect’s descriptions, names and vehicle descriptions.  Deputies were able to locate one of the suspects described a short time later that was identified as Jerica Whitley, age 21, from Overgaard. Jerica was interviewed and admitted involvement into using a stolen credit card at Chevron and several other locations throughout the community.

Jerica told deputies she was making these purchases with Nancy Craig, age 47, from Overgaard. Jerica also told deputies many of the items purchased were in Nancy’s residence at 1980 Stagg run in Overgaard. Deputies drafted a search warrant for Nancy Residence on Stagg Run. On 3-16-12 around 6:45 pm the search warrant was served on Nancy’s residence. During the course of the search several of the items purchased on the credit card were recovered as well as the victim’s stolen credit card. Also during the search several items of drug paraphernalia and methampahatmeine were located in Nancy’s residence. Doug Stephenson, Nancy’s boyfriend was also living at this same residence and was home at the time of the search.

Nancy Craig and Jerica Whitley were arrested and booked into the Navajo County Jail for the offense.  Doug Stephenson was arrested and booked into jail for drug charges and child abuse. Nancy was booked into jail with 49 felony counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of a credit card, theft of property, trafficking in stolen property along with several counts of drug charges. Jerica was booked into jail for fraudulent use of a credit card, trafficking in stolen property and theft of property.

On Friday 3-16-12 around 5:00 pm deputies and Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team  served a search warrant on Ian Colwells residence at 3345 Rim Lakes Rd in Overgaard. During the course of the investigation methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized from inside the residence. Ian was arrested on scene and booked into the Navajo County Jail for possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the citizens of Navajo County to mark their personal belongings with an identification I.D. number. Please record serial numbers and keep the list in a safe place where it can be retrieved later. If these items are stolen, the numbers can be placed in a stolen data base providing law enforcement agencies throughout the country with vital information. Items without I.D. numbers cannot be entered making recovery difficult. If you have any information regarding the above mentioned crimes, or any other crime, please contact a deputy at 928-524-4050,  928-289-6850,  928-535-7118,  928-536-7328,  928-532-6061,  or 928-367-3729. Information can also be provided to WeTip at 1-800-782-7463.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind you of the county ordinance in clearly marking your home address. This will allow emergency services to respond in a timelier manner.

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