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2/10/2013 6:01:00 AM
Arrest sweet for Kingman business owners victimized four times
Air conditioning business has been burglarized four times in last six months
Tim Babb
Tim Babb

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

A weeklong burglary investigation came to an end Thursday when 49-year-old Tim Len Babb was arrested by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Babb allegedly cut through the fence of All Right Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. on Jan. 30 and stole roughly $3,500 worth of equipment, said MCSO spokeswoman Trish Carter. The business reported the crime on Jan. 31.

"You get up every day and bust your butt to have a company," said Maria Rollo, the business' co-owner. Then on top of everything it takes to run a business you have to deal with being burglarized, she said.

"It makes you angry,"

she said. "You don't think about (being crime victims) when you start a business."

In the last six months, All Right has been burglarized four times. After the third time, the business installed cameras. Those cameras captured images of Babb, which were ultimately used to identify him and track him down.

Rollo said Deputy Todd Aaron went above and beyond to help solve this crime. His efforts combined with the fact that people must show identification when selling scrap metal led to Babb's arrest.

An Arizona law passed in 2007 requires scrap buyers and recyclers to get photo identification and fingerprints for sales over $25. Another bill that focuses on metal theft is working its way through the State Legislature. One of its key components is the removal of the $25 stipulation.

Deputies visited a couple of local recycling centers and learned that Babb had reportedly recycled several air conditioner parts at one of the centers on Jan. 31.

Deputies contacted Babb, and he told them that a friend gave him permission to take the items. Rollo said her business did no such thing and explained that she had never met Babb in her life.

Around 8 a.m. Thursday, deputies arrested Babb, who admitted to taking items from All Right and recycling them, and booked him into the Mohave County Jail.

Return trips

Babb could be seen on camera lifting 100-pound air conditioners, loading them onto a truck, leaving and then returning and hour or so later to steal more. In all, he made three trips to All Right that night.

He is currently charged with one count of felony burglary, but it's possible the County Attorney's Office will choose to add more charges because of his return trips, Carter said.

Rollo said All Right plans to add more surveillance cameras and lights as well as some motion detectors.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Article comment by: CITIZENS ACTION TEAM

You want to cure this? Put a cop at each scrap yard. If not that, then have someone videotape everyone coming in and out and post it. Tweekers hate cameras. Do the same at pawn shops. It works.
Give us enough donations and we will do it.

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Article comment by: Addictions keeping people unemployed

Get a job? Probably not.

But maybe he did have a job --- One that pays minimum wage (not enough to live on).

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Desert Angel

If he could do all that heavy lifting in one night, he could have held down an honest job and done some honest labor. Just sayin'.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: That's the County Attorney for You

If he returned to steal 3 times why isn't there 3 counts.

Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Article comment by: Justin Chambers

I've said it time and time again. The scrapyards are just as guilty on this. They know what they are buying is stolen. We have to have electrical lines replaced all the time on homes that theives have stolen from homes so the banks can sell them. The scrapyards see the same people come in time and time again with brand new wiring and AC units. Do they seriously think these are "scrap"? I can't even begin to tell you how frustrating it is to deal with these situations when you are trying to sell a house and then the final paperwork is done and you go out the house and it is ravaged by these vandals and thieves. The scrapyard owners know they are buying trafficked stolen property all day long.

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