Teen suspects in vehicle burglary ring arrested

KINGMAN - Three teens were jailed and more arrests are possible in connection with a vehicle burglary ring where police say stolen property was traded for drugs.

Kingman Police have been investigating multiple vehicle burglaries in the Hilltop area around the Mohave County Fairgrounds since the beginning of the year. They got a break in the case when a tip led them to a 16-year-old wanted on a parole violation.

Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said the 16-year-old admitted involvement in the burglaries after he was arrested on the warrant Jan. 21. Police got another break when they arrested 18-year-old Matthew Drake Schnabel three days later on a warrant out of the Sheriff's Office.

Cooper said Schnabel was found to be in possession of assorted prescription-only medication, for which he was arrested. He was also allegedly in possession of assorted property believed to have been reported stolen in the vehicle burglaries.

Police took information from their interviews with Schnabel and the 16-year-old and obtained a search warrant at the home of 19-year-old Ayan Hassan Soofi, which was served Tuesday. The man was arrested on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons. Police also found a weapon that had been illegally modified.

Investigators believe stolen property from vehicle burglaries was brought to the home on Club Avenue to trade in exchange for assorted drugs.

Burglary charges are pending once investigators figure out what roles each played.

"We can't just blanket-charge them," Cooper said. "We need to be as specific as possible as to who was responsible for what for a successful prosecution."

Others are believed to be involved in the burglaries, but to what degree is unknown at this point.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact KPD detectives at 753-2191 or report tips at www.kingmanpolice.com.