Morenci police seek infomation 11.11.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci police are seeking information regarding alleged thefts made by a resident at 128 N. Washington St. The resident has not yet been charged with a crime.

Police were contacted Oct. 5 by E. Main Street residents about items that were missing from their barn and later discovered at the Big Buffalo Pawn Shop in Delta. The men found their leaf blower and two weed whippers at the pawn shop and contacted Morenci police. Police learned that the suspect—a 50-year-old Morenci man—sold the items at the pawn shop in late September.

One of the residents glanced into the garage of the suspect and noticed some large buckets that resembled items also missing from his barn.

A search warrant led police to the discovery of other missing items. The garage also contained a motorcycle with the VIN plate damaged to make it unreadable.

The motorcycle had been sold to another individual and was being stored in the garage. The individual also bought a snowmobile trailer from the suspect.

Police were later contacted by someone who bought an identical trailer. The identification numbers on both trailers had been obliterated.

During the course of the investigation, Morenci police officer Don Thompson learned that a chain saw belonging to another Morenci resident was sold at the pawn shop.

Another chain saw was recovered that belonged to an Ohio resident.

Police chief Larry Weeks said he and Officer Thompson are concerned that the suspect might have stolen and sold other items.

“We really need the community’s help,” Weeks said. “With assistance, we’re much more likely to bring closure to this case.”

Anyone with information about the possible sale or purchase of property from 128 N. Washington St. is asked to call the police at 517/458-7104.

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