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YCSO Deputy’s Tenacious Investigation Solves Burglaries/ Auto Thefts

20 April 2011   Dwight D'Evelyn
YCSO Deputy’s tenacious investigation solves burglaries/auto thefts- 3 suspects arrested.

rhondanorrisThis investigation resulted in the arrests of the following persons:

James Earl, 16, residing in the 4200 block of Purple Sage Trail, Bridgeport, and Adrian Campos, 15, who resides in the 4400 block of Purple Sage Trail, Bridgeport. Earl and Campos were each charged with Burglary of a Vehicle x5, Burglary of a Business, Possession of Burglary Tools, Felony Criminal Damage, Theft, and Theft of Means of Transportation x2. Campos was additionally charged with one count of Destruction of Evidence.

Also arrested was the mother of Campos who is identified as Rhonda Norris, 35. She was charged with Hindering Prosecution and Removing Physical Evidence.

On April 14, 2011, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a vandalism call in the 4400 block of Purple Sage Trail. Deputies contacted Norris who alleged Earl had vandalized her daughter’s car after an argument Earl had with her son (Campos). She noted that Earl previously complained to her that Campos brought a firearm into his home and his family did not want Campos over anymore. Norris claimed she did not believe the allegation.

Deputies contacted Earl and his siblings and they confirmed that Campos recently brought a handgun into their home and played with it in front of them. The weapon apparently contained live rounds. Family members described the weapon as a 9mm, silver in color, black grips and contained in a black holster. Previously, one of the Earl family members saw the weapon in Campos’ room when Campos took it out of a lock box to play with it.

At this time, deputies recalled a recent vehicle burglary report about a block away on Bridle Path Road. This report documented the theft of a Taurus 9 mm handgun matching Earl’s description of the gun he saw in Campos’ possession. Deputies returned to the Campos residence and confronted Campos about the firearm. Campos denied any knowledge of the firearm and allowed deputies to search his room. Deputies found the lock box, but no firearm. Deputies also noticed a unique sword in the room which Campos claimed Earl gave to him. One of the deputies also noticed shoes in the room with a sole pattern matching a shoeprint from a recent car theft case. Deputies checked exterior areas of the Campos home and could not find the handgun. Deputies did notice Campos’ shoe prints, still fresh, in the back yard. The pattern indicated he had left the yard recently and immediately returned possibly in an attempt to conceal the firearm away from home.

On April 15, deputies confronted Campos with evidence of his involvement in the vehicle theft and he admitted to stealing vehicles and committing area burglaries with Earl. Campos also told deputies that he and his mom, Rhonda Norris, had driven up to Mingus Mountain yesterday after the contact with deputies and dumped the silver colored handgun along with other evidence. Campos was then arrested.

Deputies then arrested Norris at her place of employment and both Norris and Campos directed deputies to the location where they had dumped the stolen property. Deputies found two backpacks containing the stolen Taurus firearm, along with numerous additional stolen items and burglary tools. Campos was booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center and Norris was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on the indicated charges.

On April 16, 2011, deputies contacted Earl at his home and located evidence linking him to the crime series. Earl was arrested and booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center.

Deputies also verified that both suspects had burglarized the nearby Garcia’s Mexican Market on several occasions after stealing store keys from a vehicle parked nearby. The sword, which was first seen in Campos’ room, was later found by deputies in a nearby trashcan and now confirmed as stolen property from this business.

The two vehicle thefts involving Campos and Earl include a red Nissan pick-up stolen from a home in the 4400 block of Zalesky Road, Cottonwood, in February of 2011, and a blue Dodge Durango taken from a home 4000 block of Bride Path Road, Bridgeport, earlier this month.

The investigation linking additional crimes involving Campos and Earl continue. If anyone has further information as to their involvement, please contact YCSO or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232.

 

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