RASH OF BURGLARIES
From March 8, 2015 to April 1, 2015, there have been a rash of burglaries in the Grant County area. They have include auto, residential and commercial burglaries. Vehicles have been broken into on Palo Verde, Briarwood, Copper Ridge and Grandview streets. On March 30, a residence in the 800 block of Pinos Altos Road was broken into. Tools, power tools and a blue Ace wheelbarrow were stolen. On March 31, churches on Peterson and Arroyo Seco lost TVs and miscellaneous items. On April 1, Ikard and Newsom in Arenas Valley had propane tanks stolen. A reward will be paid based on the number of crimes solved and value of property recovered, if any.
COW SHOOTING - $5,000 REWARD
On February 22, 2015, a cow was found shot dead on Bear Mountain Road in Grant County. It is believed to have been shot within 2 to 3 weeks prior to that date. State and county cattle growers have joined with Crime Stoppers to provide a reward of $5,000 to anyone that has information leading to an arrest.
On January 14, 2015, Sheriff's personnel found the body of Estevan Ortega in a blue Mazda in the Pinos Altos area. Although the cause of death has not been released, the Sheriff has determined that it was a homicide. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers. A reward of $1,000 will be paid for information leading to an arrest.
AGGRAVATED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY
On Nov. 11, 2014 a residence on Squaw Road, off Highway 90, was broken into while owners were away. The front door was forcibly opened. Fifty guns were stolen. A tip from the public would be valuable in the recovery of these weapons. A reward of $1,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
PEDESTRIAN ROBBERY AT KNIFE POINT
On October 20, 2014 a pedestrian outside a business at 801 N. Hudson in Silver City was robbed at knifepoint. The assailant asked the victim for a cigarette and then pulled out a knife and demanded money. The victim gave him his money and was unharmed. A $750 reward if offered for information on this case.
HOME ROBBERY AT KNIFE POINT
On October 22, 2014, a man was robbed when he answered the door to his home at 315 N. Arizona. The suspect forced his way into the house when the victim opened the door and brandished a knife demanding money. The victim turned over his money and was unharmed. A $750 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.
On July 6, 2014, thieves broke into Hamilton Construction on Hwy 152 in Santa Rita. Approximately $2,000 worth of tools were taken. Reward $500.
On July 3, 2014 a home in the 100 block of Bear Creek Road in Pinos Altos was broken into while the residents were out of town. A 9mm pistol was taken. Reward $500.
On July 4, 2014, a residence in the 800 block of Hwy 15 between Silver City and Pinos Altos was broken into. The perpetrators made off with tools, appliances and even removed cabinets off the wall. Reward $500.
On July 7, 2014, forced entry was made into a home on the 5800 block of Hwy 15 in Hanover. Numerous gun were taken along with ammo and a holster. Thieves also took tequila, binoculars, lap top computers and a flat screen TV. Reward $750.
SILVER STEEL BURGLARY
Between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23, 2013, thieves broke into Silver Steel at 86 Truck Bypass Road. They cut a lock on a fence and then were able to enter the building. The took a welder, battery, insulation, wheelbarrow and much more for a loss of about $3,700. A reward of $500 is offered for information leading to an arrest.
On October 17, 2013, about 6:55pm, the Shoe Dept. on Hwy 180 was robbed by a gunman wearing a blue ski mask. He is described as a hispanic male about 5'8" to 5'9" inches tall. He fled on foot. A reward of $750 is being offered.
On November 7, 2013, at 7pm, the Smoke Shop was robbed of cash and cigarettes. The suspect was armed with a handgun. He is described as light skinned and tall. A reward of $750 is offered.
BURGLARY - COTTAGE SAN ROAD FIRE STATION
On October 14, 2013 it was discovered that thieves had forced open the door lock to the fire station on Cottage Sans Road. They stole over $55,000 worth of fire fighting and EMT equipment. Some of the stolen items include portable radios, chargers, fire shelters, air tools, generators, chain saw, filter masks, Jaws of Life, axes and halogen lights.
The Fire Department is offering a $1,000 reward which will be matched by a $1,000 reward by Crime Stoppers for a total reward of $2,000. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers.
About 10pm on April 20, twenty-two year old Roberto Garcia Benavidez was found dead on the 300 block of Aztec Street in Hurley. He was found to have died from blunt force trauma to the back of the head. Witnesses heard some yelling and a white sedan was seen leaving the scene. Crime Stoppers is offering $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest.
David Ortiz, 19, was last seen on 10/31/10. He is described as an Hispanic male, 5 feet tall, 110 pounds, brown hair and eyes. He was wearing a blue long sleeve sweater with a black t-shirt over it and black shorts. Anyone with information as to David's whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers. David's parents are extremely worried and his one-year old son misses him terribly. A reward of up to $500 will be paid for information that leads to David's location. All calls are strictly confidential and no caller will be identified.