Residents wanting to help Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan and his deputies keep an unwavering eye on crime donated seven infrared game cameras Friday.
The idea came about when Chris Marie and Butch Meriwether were traveling on a seldom-used dirt road in Golden Valley and came across what turned out to be a stolen vehicle.
"When I saw the tracks of people who had been driving up to the vehicle and taking parts off of it, I tried to figure out how the perpetrators could be apprehended," Meriwether said. "That's when I remembered some of my friends used game cameras to check to see if there were animals coming and going from a particular area.
"I realized the cameras could also be used to catch crooks."
After learning the MCSO didn't have game cameras in their inventory, Meriwether and others committed in June to purchasing or helping purchase one.
They ended up with seven. Participating were: Mohave County District 1 Supervisor Gary Watson and Joy Brotherton of Kingman; Michael and Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City; Hildy Angius of Bullhead City; Dave and Quinta Diaz of So-Hi; and Golden Valley residents Jeri Feneis, Steve Robinson and Meriwether.
Meriwether also donated a camera to Environmental Rural Area Cleanup Enforcement. That's an agency within Mohave County that investigates illegal dumping within the county.
According to ERACE Investigator Gary Sibble, the donated camera will be used to watch a couple of desert areas that people use as regular sites for illegal dumping.
"If someone decides to buy a game camera for the MCSO, ensure it has infrared capability so that if the camera happens to snap a photograph of a crook, he or she will not see the flash," Meriwether said.