Stolen axles leave a trail to alleged thief

Bob Wilmer McKee

Bob Wilmer McKee

KINGMAN - Better than bread crumbs.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies had no problems tracking an alleged thief Sunday night.

The two axles Bob Wilmer McKee allegedly dragged behind his passenger car left a trail a blind man could follow.

Deputies were on patrol at about 8:45 p.m. when they saw the drag marks in front of an abandoned property in the 4300 block of Able Drive.

A neighbor reportedly told deputies that a company had been hired to clean up the property and that at about 4 p.m. she watched a white car drive away from the residence with the two axles tied to the rear bumper.

Deputies followed the tracks south on Able Drive, east onto Diagonal Way, south on Mallard Drive and west on Cardinal Lane, where the trail ended at a home in the 3500 block.

The resident told deputies he paid McKee, his neighbor, $40 for the two axles.

McKee reportedly told deputies he was an employee of the property cleaning company and took the axles because he hadn't been paid in a couple of weeks.

McKee's employer reportedly told deputies the man did not have authority to take the axles.

McKee was taken into custody and a search allegedly revealed he was in possession of marijuana. He was charged with felony trafficking in stolen property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.