Evidence in winch led to Golden Valley man's arrest

Allen James Jacobs

Allen James Jacobs

GOLDEN VALLEY - A former convenience store employee who had been banned from the property faces criminal charges after allegedly using the winch on his truck to pull out wires that powered the store's communication system.

The store manager told Mohave County Sheriff's deputies that Allen James Jacobs, 25, of Golden Valley used to work at the business, a Maverik Country Store in the 5000 block of Highway 68.

He had been banned from the store, but attempted to buy cigarettes and was turned away Wednesday. A few minutes later, the store lost its communications.

Deputies arrived at about 7:20 a.m. and noticed that wires had been ripped out of a utility box. They went to Jacobs' home in the 800 block of South Derby Circle. A Dodge truck was on the property that reportedly had a bumper-mounted winch that contained wires and parts of wires that were consistent with the wires at Maverik.

Deputies said Jacobs initially told them he accidentally struck the box, but later he allegedly admitted the act was intentional.

He is charged with felony criminal damage.