2 nabbed in KRMC break-ins

KINGMAN - Two people are in custody after breaking into cars in the parking lot of Kingman Regional Medical Center Sunday evening.

Jessica A. Blackburn, 19, and a 17-year-old male were arrested by officers with the Kingman Police Department around 5 p.m. Sunday after security at the hospital reported that the pair were rummaging through cars.

Lt. Rusty Cooper said it appeared the two were manipulating locks and targeting unlocked vehicles. Fewer than six cars were affected.

Blackburn and the male, identified as her boyfriend, fled in opposite directions when police responded. Both were arrested less than 1/4-mile from the hospital, Cooper said.

Blackburn is charged with several felony counts of burglary in the third degree. She also faces escape and criminal damage charges for allegedly trying to kick out the back window of a police cruiser. Cooper said the window was knocked off of the railing but did not break. She was booked into the Mohave County Jail.

The 17-year-old male was booked into the Mohave County Juvenile Detention Center and will also face felony burglary charges. Both individuals will face additional charges for consuming alcoholic beverages.

"We've had a lot of problems with vehicle burglaries, so it's nice to catch these suspects," Cooper said.

He said police have no evidence that the two are connected to other car break-ins across the city, which have increased recently.