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Mom, boyfriend arrested after allegedly taking Christmas cash from children

Amanda Sue Rick

KINGMAN - A Golden Valley woman and her boyfriend were arrested on drug charges and warrants on Christmas Day after the woman allegedly stole $30 from three of her four young children who received $10 apiece from their grandparents.

Amanda Sue Rick, 31, and Cruz Alberto Ruvalcaba, 29, both of Golden Valley, were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a theft report at a residence in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Street.

The grandparents told deputies they had given each of their four grandchildren $10 for Christmas. Rick and Ruvalcaba were at the home for a short period before leaving on foot.

The grandparents subsequently learned Rick took the money given to the three youngest children, who live with their father, and called law enforcement.

A short time later, deputies located the pair one block away. A record check showed Rick was wanted on four misdemeanor warrants issued by Kingman Municipal Court, one for probation violation and three for failure to pay fines. Ruvalcaba was wanted on a probation violation and a failure to pay fines warrant issued by Kingman Municipal Court.

They were taken into custody and a search reportedly revealed both were in possession of syringes.

Rick told deputies the younger children gave her the $30 so she and Ruvalcaba could get a motel room.

They were taken into custody without incident.


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