Please note that since this investigation remains active with additional arrests likely, some details will not be disclosed at this time.
On March 15, 2019, deputies developed information identifying 50-year-old Robert Urzua from Humboldt as a suspect in the use of the victim’s stolen bank card. Deputies also learned Robert’s son, Alex Urzua, 24-years-old, was directly involved in the theft of gasoline at the Chevron gas station mentioned in the original media release. Apparently, Alex called friends and offered free gas if they came to the gas station.
On March 16, 2019, a white truck matching the description of one Alex drives and also seen in the Chevron security video, was spotted in Humboldt. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and Alex was the driver. He refused to discuss the case but during a search of the vehicle, deputies found a methamphetamine pipe, a Burger King gift card (allegedly purchased with the victim’s stolen bank card), methamphetamine packaging in the form of 100 small plastic baggies, and gas cans in the bed of the truck consistent with what was seen in the Chevron security video. Alex was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Fraud, Fraud Schemes, Theft, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $2500 bond.
As the investigation moved forward, deputies confirmed that most of the items purchased with the victim’s stolen bank card were for repairs at Robert’s home and other stolen property would likely be found inside. A search warrant was sought and obtained for Robert’s home in the 13000 block of E Pale Moon, Humboldt. When the warrant was served, Robert refused to come to the door and was found hiding inside a locked closet. Once outside, he failed to follow directions and reasonable force was used to take him into custody.
A search of the home revealed stolen items from Hobby Lobby and Home Depot apparently purchased with the victim’s bank card. Deputies also seized a methamphetamine pipe before arresting Robert on the following charges – Fraud, Theft, Fraud Schemes, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. Robert is on active probation and was out on bond regarding an unrelated case. His current bond is set at $5000.
Previous release: On March 3, 2019, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a theft report involving an 86-year-man who resides in a group home in Dewey. Deputies learned unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s debit card from his wallet. As the investigation continued over the next several days, it was discovered the stolen debit card had been used beginning March 1, 2019, at various businesses in Prescott Valley. A total of $1200 was charged at locations including Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Burger King, McDonald’s, Subway and Jack-in-the-Box. The suspect(s) also went to the Chevron at Highway 69 and Kachina Place in Dewey on 2 occasions charging a total of $200 for gas.
Recently, deputies were able to obtain security video from Home Depot, Hobby Lobby and the Chevron gas station, showing 2 suspects who made purchases with the victim’s stolen debit card. Suspect vehicles are also visible. Deputies would like to identify these suspects and are seeking help from the public.
If anyone is able to identify the suspects who are willing to steal from an 86-year-old victim, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 where you never are required to give your name and become eligible for a cash reward if anyone is arrested in this case.
To our suspects- it is just a matter of time before you are caught and we encourage you to turn yourself in immediately.