A suspected burglar that allegedly targeted unoccupied homes in the Salome and Wenden areas of La Paz County, AZ has been apprehended by law enforcement.
On Thursday September 11th 2014, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Investigative Unit/Task Force, worked in a cooperative effort with surrounding agencies to apprehend Jonathan Pollock, accused of entering unoccupied homes and removing large amounts of property.
During the investigation(s), the detectives determined that it is likely that the majority of the burglaries are being committed by the same person or group.
A Sheriff’s Department press release says:
“After speaking with witnesses in the Salome area and receiving tips on the Sheriff’s Office website, the Investigative team focused their attention to a subject, Jonathan Pollock, who is on Probation and lives in the Aguila area of Maricopa County. The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Unit asked for the assistance of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the Maricopa County Probation Department, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, the Wickenburg Police Department and Arizona Game and Fish.
“In a consolidated effort, the group worked together to assist with a probation check of Pollock at his Aguila residence. During the initial contact with Pollock, Detectives immediately observed multiple stolen items from several different burglary victims/jurisdictions (La Paz County, Maricopa County, Yavapai County and the City of Wickenburg) in plain view.
A Search Warrant was then written by the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at which time multiple truckloads of property were removed from the home and Pollock was taken into custody by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.”
Pollock is currently being held at the Maricopa County Detention Facility for possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, theft-control of stolen property and violation of probation. The Sheriff’s Office says the agencies will be filing further charges with their respective County Attorney’s Offices in reference to ongoing investigations.
Citing the success of the operation, the statement credits interagency cooperation and tips from the community. “This is just another reminder for everyone that a lot can be accomplished when people take the time to communicate and work together,” it continues.
“Remember, if you see suspicious or illegal activity, please remember your options: Immediate response call 911, to report suspicious activity call Central Dispatch at (928) 669-2281, report a “tip” or anonymous information you can go to lapazsheriff.org or call (928) 669-9560.”