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9:42 PM Sat, Jan. 19th

Stolen generator report leads to four arrests



KINGMAN - Four Kingman residents were arrested Wednesday on various charges, including trafficking in stolen property, theft, drugs and warrants.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Blake Andrew Bloomberg, 28, for possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies.

He also was arrested for driving with a suspended license, a failure to appear warrant issued by Bullhead City Municipal Court and a failure to pay fines warrant issued by Kingman Justice Court, all misdemeanors.

Stevey Lynn Nichols, 19, was arrested for burglary, theft, trafficking in stolen property, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, all felonies. She also was arrested for driving with a suspended license, a misdemeanor.

Caleb John Crandall, 18, was arrested for burglary, theft and trafficking in stolen property, all felonies. He also was arrested on a probation violation misdemeanor warrant issued by Kingman Municipal Court on an original charge of possession of marijuana.

Arthur Loren Kaufelt, 54, was arrested for trafficking in stolen property, a felony, and possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

About 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to a burglary report at a property in the 1600 block of West Mote Drive. The victim, a 46-year-old male, said that when he returned to the property, he noticed his blue generator had been stolen. The victim said surveillance cameras are set up on his property.

After reviewing the video footage, deputies said they observed a green Dodge Durango truck and a female driver with blonde hair. Investigations determined that Nichols had borrowed her parents' truck the night before. Deputies also learned that residents of a house in the 2700 block of East Butler Avenue may have been involved in the incident.

As deputies approached the house, they said they observed a white truck and a motorcycle pull up to the residence. Deputies contacted Nichols, who was standing outside of the truck, and Bloomberg, who had been operating the motorcycle. Deputies also said that Bloomberg had a handgun, which they seized.

According to deputies, a computer check showed that Bloomberg was a convicted felon, and a records check showed him to have a suspended driver's license and active warrants. Bloomberg was taken into custody without incident. .

Deputies questioned Nichols about the generator, and she allegedly admitted to visiting the property with Crandall and both of them taking the generator and selling it to Kaufelt. Nichols was taken into custody without incident.

A records check showed Nichols to have a suspended driver's license. Deputies said a search of her purse revealed tin foil containing a straw rolled up in a brown sticky substance.

After a consent search of the property, deputies allegedly located the stolen generator. During the investigation, Kaufelt and Crandall walked up to the residence, where deputies detained them.

Crandall was questioned about the generator and he initially denied selling it. Deputies said Crandall eventually admitted his part in the incident. A records check showed Crandall to have a warrant.

Deputies then contacted Kaufelt, and during conversations with them, he said that he purchased the generator from Nichols and Crandall the day before and did not know it was stolen.

Bloomberg, Nichols, Crandall and Kaufelt were transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail. During the booking process, said deputies, detention officers located a plastic bag containing a white residue in Bloomberg's pocket.

The motorcycle and white truck were towed from the scene.