Old-fashioned police work leads to theft arrest

Harley McKeag-Phillip

Harley McKeag-Phillip

KINGMAN - A California woman allegedly attempted to escape from police custody after she was arrested on burglary and theft charges Tuesday.

Harley McKeag-Phillip, 26, was arrested two days after an employee of a restaurant in the 3200 block of Andy Devine Avenue reported that her wallet had been stolen. A transaction involving the employee's credit card led Kingman Police officers to a motel room in the 3300 block of Andy Devine Avenue at about 12:20 p.m.

Inside the room was McKeag. She allegedly possessed the stolen credit card.

Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper said surveillance video showed McKeag enter an employee-only area of the restaurant on Sunday and take the victim's wallet.

She complained of a medical problem when taken into custody and was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center. While there, she allegedly attempted to run from medical staff and police officers, but was captured just outside the emergency room.

McKeag faces felony charges of third-degree burglary, credit card theft, second-degree escape and fraudulent use of a credit card.