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Teens arrested in burglary spree in Kingman

Dominic Gonzales

Dominic Gonzales

KINGMAN - Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with the burglary of a business and multiple vehicle break-ins.

The boys range in age from 15 to 18. Kingman Police arrested the first suspect, 18-year-old Dominic Gonzales, just before 5 a.m. Monday morning after responding to a report of a burglary to a car in progress at an apartment complex in the 3300 block of Harrison Street.

Officers chased two suspects from the scene but only captured Gonzales, who was reportedly found in possession of items stolen out of multiple cars along with what police referred to as burglary tools. In all, Kingman Police attributed five break-ins at the complex and two others down the street to Gonzales and the other boys he was with.

In addition to the stolen items from the cars, Gonzales was also reportedly carrying in his backpack 19 packs of cigarette packs, two cigar packs and four blunt wrap packs. Kingman Police tracked those items to a convenience store burglary in the 4000 block of Bank Street earlier Monday morning that was being investigated by the Mohave Sheriff's Office.

The owner said the burglary happened sometime after closing Sunday and that alcohol, cigarettes, cigars, blunt wraps and some cash, along with the cash register itself, had been taken. The cash register was later found emptied and laying in a nearby field.

Sheriff's Office Trish Carter said deputies contacted Gonzales, who had already been booked into jail on the vehicle burglary charges, and asked him about the convenience store break-in.

Gonzales reportedly admitted that he and three others broke into the store by breaking the back door. Three other teenage boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, were arrested and charged with various charges in connection with the store break-in and the car burglaries. In most cases, the boys gained access to the cars by breaking the windows, Kingman Police Capt. Rusty Cooper said. He said most of the stolen property was recovered.

The three teenagers under the age of 18 were booked into the Mohave Juvenile Detention Center.

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