'Smash and grab' suspect arrested
KPD warns that house burglaries are on the rise
KINGMAN - A Kingman man suspected in a series of business burglaries since late January has been arrested.
Thomas Eugene Cook, 38, was taken into custody Feb. 17 after Kingman Police responded to a burglary alarm at a business in the 2500 block of Hualapai Mountain Road at 11 p.m.
While officers drove to the business, another officer spotted the driver of a green Saturn sedan headed south on Andy Devine Avenue. The car matched a vehicle tied to seven previous burglaries that occurred at Kingman businesses starting on Jan. 30. The suspect in those crimes smashed a window and took or attempted to take the cash register.
Officers stopped the driver on Interstate 40 at milepost 57. Cook was the only person in the car, according to KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.
Officers observed items in the vehicle that were later confirmed to have been stolen from the Hualapai Mountain business, burglary tools and other items that matched the crime.
A search revealed evidence of seven previous burglaries, said Sochocki. Cook allegedly admitted he committed the crimes.
As of now, he faces one felony charge of third-degree burglary for the Feb. 17 incident. Sochocki said she expects Mohave County Attorney Matt Smith will soon file charges regarding the seven other cases.
On a related note, Sochocki said officers are investigating a number of home burglaries that have occurred downtown and on the city's north side. The suspect or suspects enter unsecured homes during the night and have stolen electronics and other items.
Sochocki reminds residents that lights and locks are the best deterrent to criminal activity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact KPD at 928-753-2191, Silent Witness at 928-753-1234, or online at www.kingmanpolice.com.
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