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Ankle Bracelet Puts Suspect at Crime Scene

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Clark arrested

Sedona AZ (February 20, 2015) –  After a lengthy investigation, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office released details of a January 2015 Cottonwood, Arizona, crime.

On January 1, 2015, three male suspects broke into a parked travel trailer on Old Highway 279 in Cottonwood, Arizona. Its owner had intended to celebrate the New Year with her family in the recreational vehicle, but due to the cold weather and road conditions that plan was postponed leaving it unoccupied. Returning to the travel trailer the afternoon of January 1, the owner found it burglarized and vandalized.

Items reported missing from the trailer are valued at approximately $600, with vehicle damage estimated to be $4500: Two windows had been broken, a fixed television torn from its mount, and fire extinguisher spray throughout the interior.


Grosz arrested

During the investigation, YCSO did find a cellular telephone not belonging to the victim inside the trailer. A record of ownership for the phone returned the name of a William Grosz, 18, from Cottonwood, Arizona. Grosz was on juvenile probation at the time of the burglary and wearing a court ordered GPS ankle bracelet monitor.

The bracelet monitor placed Grosz at the trailer’s location during the time frame of its burglary. Grosz was interviewed and, after initially lying to detectives, admitted he was responsible for the crime(s). He also admitted alcohol impairment during the offenses and operating a motor vehicle with alcohol in his system. Grosz would not name his accomplices, but ultimately provided a false name that detectives later identified as a Drake Brown, 18, also from Cottonwood.

During the interview with Grosz, his juvenile probation officer was present. After the interview, Grosz was transported to the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center and booked on multiple probation violations.


Brown arrested

Second suspect Brown was unwilling to admit any participation. Ultimately, when confronted with evidence, Brown admitted involvement. He implicated a third suspect, Brenen Clark, 18, from Cottonwood.

Clark was also unwilling to admit any participation in the crime when questioned, however after being confronted with evidence, he did admit his involvement.

Clark was over 18 at the time of the offense. As an adult, he was arrested on January 26, 2015, and booked at the Camp Verde Jail on charges of Burglary, Criminal Damage and Trespassing. Clark has since been released on a $5000 bond.

Brown, under 18 at the time of the offense, was arrested one day after his 18th birthday. He was booked on similar charges at the Camp Verde Jail on February 3, 2015, and released on $10,000 bond the following day.

On February 18, 2015, Grosz was transported by detectives from the Juvenile Detention Center to the Camp Verde Jail. At the jail, Grosz was kept separate from the adult population until midnight of his 18th birthday at which time he was booked as an adult on multiple charges that included Trespass, Burglary and Criminal Damage. He was released the next day on a $2000 bond.

All three suspects were uncooperative throughout the investigation and continued a pattern of deception until being confronted with evidence. Adult prosecution status is likely for all suspects.

If anyone has information regarding criminal activities involving these three or other suspects, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-567-7710 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232: Refer to case number 15-000056.

None of the trailer owner’s stolen goods have been recovered. If you have any information about this case, the suspects or property evidence, please contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260.

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