KPD nabs suspects in downtown burglaries

Stephen Durbin

Stephen Durbin

KINGMAN - It was a frustrating and scary week for some shop owners in downtown Kingman last week.

Three businesses in the area of Beale and Fourth streets - the Spinster yarn shop, Arizona Desert Soaps and Healthy Habits - were broken into on April 15.

Two of the stores, the Spinster and Arizona Desert Soaps, are connected to the old Central Commercial Building located on Fourth Street

The Kingman Police Department believes two juveniles and one adult arrested around 11 p.m. on April 18 may be connected to the break-ins.

At the Spinster, the burglars smashed a windowpane in a set of doors that connect the shop to the other building.

Once inside, the suspects smashed a cash register and took around $100 in cash.

Shop owner Robin Poor said she felt rather lucky. The suspects didn't do any other damage to her shop

Brenda Pratt, manager of Arizona Desert Soaps, wasn't quite so lucky. The suspects kicked down a heavy wooden door at the back of her shop, breaking at least three locks and the door hinges in the process.

The suspects smashed her register for $160 in cash, took change from several donation jars on the counter, took her $1,500 laptop computer and attempted to take a printer and a fax machine.

Her worst loss was the computer, which has several expensive programs that she needs to run her business.

Pratt estimated that she lost more than $3,000 in the break-in.

"I'm really disappointed," she said, "We're trying to offer something to the community with this shop. I'm angry, too; they just trashed the store."

Healthy Habits at the corner of Beale and Fifth streets had the glass in its front door smashed in with the shop's antique mailbox. Luckily, Jon Stuttler, who lives on Fifth Street, heard the noise around 1:30 a.m. and called the police. Stuttler remembers seeing four teenagers outside the shop when he called the police.

Construction crews working on the renovation of the Central Commercial Building also had items stolen. Aloha Plumbing reported having a jackhammer and around $200 of new copper pipe stolen.

On April 18, KPD responded to a burglar alarm inside the Central Commercial Building. A K-9 unit from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office found the teens hiding on the third floor of the building.

Stephen A. Durbin, 18, from Kingman was charged with third-degree burglary and possession of marijuana. He also had two misdemeanor warrants out of Kingman Municipal Court. He was booked into the county jail.

A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old were also charged with third-degree burglary and released to their parents.

"This is some of the best news I've heard," Pratt said. She is hoping KPD will be able to search some of the teens' homes in order to possibly recover some of the items stolen from her.