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Issac Malone surrenders to YCSO for Wittmann burglary

Wittmann Arizona (September 19, 2012) – On September 13, 2012, at approximately 11:15 in the morning, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to Wittmann, Arizona to investigate a burglary from a Castle Hot Springs Road ranch. Maricopa County Sheriff’s office deputies were also on the scene gathering details.

Deputies contacted a witness who explained he had seen a Dodge truck on Castle Hot Springs Road around 6:15 in the morning pulling a flatbed trailer containing stolen horse panel sections. The witness knew the panels belonged to a neighboring rancher as he had borrowed them previously.

The witness turned around and began following the truck and motioned for the driver to stop. The suspect vehicle continued to Arizona Highway 74 and then turned off onto a dirt road, eventually stopping in an area just outside Wittmann. The suspect vehicle driver and a passenger abandoned the truck and left the scene on foot. The witness was able to get close enough to both males and identified the driver in a photo line-up provided from MCSO.

The photograph identified by the witness was that of 39-year-old Issac Malone from Wittmann. The abandoned truck was also registered to Malone. The rancher and owner of the horse panels was also present and confirmed 32 panels, valued at $100.00 each, had been stolen from a fenced area marked with “Private Property” signs.

Deputies checked Malone’s home in Wittmann but he was not there. When Malone’s mother called his cell phone, a cell phone in Malone’s Dodge truck rang. Deputies also located bolt cutters, a hack saw, and two flashlights inside the truck which were seized as burglary tools.

On September 17, 2012, Malone turned himself into a YCSO deputy and was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of Burglary, Theft and Trespass. Malone remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.

Deputies are working to identify the male passenger who was with Malone in the Dodge truck and who assisted in the theft.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232 or YCSO at 928-771-3260. Wittmann, Arizona is an unincorporated area located in Maricopa County and, as of the 2010 census, less than 800 people were counted as living within its area. The city of Surprise, Arizona has incorporated much of Wittmann’s surrounding lands in recent years.

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