Two arrested after break-in, chase at mine
CHLORIDE - Two men - a Golden Valley resident and a transient - were arrested Thursday after allegedly breaking in to a mining business.
Michael Wayne Hoffman, 48, of Golden Valley, and Scott Lee Ross Amers, 46, a transient, were arrested on felony charges of burglary 3rd degree - unlawful entry and possession of burglary tools.
Deputies responded to a burglary in progress at 4:50 a.m. at a mining business located in the 8000 block of N. Old Boulder Highway. Dispatchers advised deputies that a security guard reported a vehicle was on the property near the mine buildings.
Upon their arrival, deputies said they observed a white Ford SUV attempting to flee the property, traveling east up a dirt road around the water basin to the mine. Deputies followed the vehicle as it turned north and started back toward the buildings.
As the deputies came around a corner, they observed the truck had stopped in the roadway and the driver was lying down on his stomach. Deputies said the security guard was holding the man, identified as Hoffman, at gunpoint.
Deputies took Hoffman into custody without further incident. A search of Hoffman's body revealed a pair of wire cutters, said deputies, and they observed lead plates and cut wires from the mine inside the truck.
During the investigation, deputies determined a second male subject was with Hoffman and ran away on foot. A K9 handler with his dog, as well as Search and Rescue sergeants and the Department of Public Safety Kingman Ranger Helicopter, responded and assisted.
The helicopter conducted an aerial search while Search and Rescue and the K9 handler worked together to track the male subject. The dog, Ecko, immediately smelled the man and alerted the handler, who made announcements from the patrol vehicle's public address system to come out.
When there was no response, said deputies, Ecko was released and ran toward a large bush about 30 feet away, where a male subject was located and began screaming. The handler immediately ran and gained control of the dog.
Deputies said the handler observed the man attempting to choke Ecko during the altercation. The man, identified as Amers, was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center for bite wounds, treated and medically released.
Amers and Hoffman were transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail. Deputies said about $1,300 worth of property was recovered from the vehicle, which was towed from the scene.