2nd theft suspect arrested

John Holcomb

John Holcomb

KINGMAN - A second suspect sought by authorities after a homeowner caught two people taking vehicles off his property has been caught.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office responded to a call Oct. 19 in which a Golden Valley man living in the 3900 block of Eloy Road said he came home to find two men using a trailer to remove cars from his yard. The homeowner fired several shots into the ground, and the men fled in separate vehicles.

One of the suspects, 24-year-old Shawn Mark Ramey, was arrested a couple hours later after he was found hiding in a dryer at a home following a chase with deputies.

The Sheriff's Office says they have now arrested a second man, identified as 47-year-old John Wesley Holcomb, Jr. He was picked up Oct. 27 on unrelated misdemeanor charges, and reportedly admitted to taking the vehicles from the homeowner's property to sell for scrap metal.

Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said detectives contacted a scrap metal business in Kingman that confirmed Holcolmb had recently dropped off two loads, including a Ford Maverick that had been allegedly taken from the same Eloy address two days prior to when the homeowner caught the men in the act.

Holcomb is charged with theft of means of transportation, trafficking stolen property, possession of stolen property and attempted theft of means of transportation, all felonies.

Ramey is currently charged with unlawful flight from law enforcement and a trafficking in stolen property warrant issued by Mohave County Superior Court, both felonies, with other charges from the theft pending.