Alleged Kingman burglars didn't get very far

Detailed descriptions of stolen items helped track them down

Joseph Lamar Whatley

Joseph Lamar Whatley

KINGMAN - Two alleged burglars charged with stealing thousands of dollars worth of property in separate incidents last week, including expensive jewelry tracked to Las Vegas, have been arrested by local law enforcement officers.

In both cases, homeowners were able to provide detectives with detailed inventories of the items stolen.

In the more serious case in terms of the value of the items taken, Kingman police detectives arrested Steven Jeffrey Dobrick, 31, of Kingman at about 9:30 a.m. Monday following a burglary investigation that began Jan. 28. About 90 minutes later detectives arrested Jenny Sue Goodson, 33, of Golden Valley.

The investigation began last week when a homeowner in the 3700 block of Cantle Drive called police to report a burglary that occurred while the victim was away from home for about 45 minutes, according to Kingman Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.

The perpetrator entered the residence after breaking a glass window next to the front door.

The homeowner gave detectives "well documented" information about the missing possessions, including serial numbers, model numbers and other identifying marks and features.

That information allowed detectives to determine some of the items were pawned in Las Vegas, including two pieces of jewelry valued at roughly $15,000.

Guns, electronics, handbags and jewelry were taken.

Dobrick and Goodson were identified as the people who pawned the items.

Dobrick reportedly admitted his involvement, said Sochocki, but Goodson denied any role in the crime.

Search warrants were served at residences in the 500 block of Market Street and the 2400 block of Estrella Road in Golden Valley. Stolen guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly seized on Market Street and Sochocki said miscellaneous jewelry and drug paraphernalia was confiscated at the Golden Valley home.

Sochocki said additional charges could be filed as a result of the search warrants. As things stand now, Dobrick faces felony charges of first-degree burglary and misconduct with a weapon. Goodson faces felony charges of possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In the second burglary case, a missing blinker led to the arrest of Joseph Lamar Whatley, 35, of Meadview.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies responded to a burglary report in the 30700 block of Mohawk Drive Friday.

Whatley allegedly entered the home through the front door while no one was home. Each room was ransacked, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

A significant clue was found outside when deputies found parts of a car blinker light cover near the front gate where a vehicle was used to push it open.

The haul was not as significant as in the earlier case, at least in terms of dollar value, but the homeowners provided information on the items that were stolen, including a DVD box set of the television series "Home Improvement," a pair of rodeo posters, a painting of horses, an air mattress, a vase, a cowboy cat mug and a Makita drill and flashlight set.

The next day at about 3:40 p.m., deputies received a tip regarding a stranded vehicle with a broken blinker in the area of Pierce Ferry and Hope roads.

Whatley was alone in his black El Camino when deputies arrived. The damage to the car was consistent with damage to the gate, said Carter.

Whatley, who appeared "extremely nervous," reportedly told deputies he had marijuana and the anti-anxiety medicine Xanax in his car.

Loose marijuana on the driver's seat, a plastic bag containing marijuana residue, a blue container containing the narcotics and a .380-caliber handgun were allegedly found in the vehicle.

Deputies took Whatley into custody and drove him to his residence, a bunkhouse at the Grand Canyon Ranch on Diamond Bar Road.

Deputies, said Carter, observed several of the items reported stolen in "plain view" in the common area of the bunkhouse.

Most of the stolen items were recovered after a search warrant was served, she said.

Whatley faces felony charges of burglary, misconduct with a weapon, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.