Thursday, January 12, 2012

CCSO utilizes web-based reporting service to track down suspect

Electronic music organ valued at $1,500 that had been entered by a pawn shop leads to arrest of Flagstaff man.
Flagstaff, AZ – Twenty-six year old Paul Anthony Martinez of the Flagstaff area was arrested by Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives on Monday, Jan. 9 for one count of Felony Trafficking of Stolen property and one count of Felony Theft. 
On December 28 Sheriff’s Deputies investigated eighteen burglaries of mini storage units located in the Silver Saddle area.  The suspect or suspects gained entry by cutting padlocks off of the doors of the storage units.  Items that were taken during these burglaries include musical instruments, various tools and one of a kind collectable items.  During the investigation a Sheriff’s Detective ran descriptive information of property taken from the mini storage units through Leads Online.
Leads Online is a nationwide online investigation system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Leads Online is a web-based electronic reporting service used by law enforcement agencies and participating businesses nationwide.  The detective received a similarity record for the description of an electronic music organ valued at $1,500 that had been entered by a pawn shop located in Flagstaff .  The Detective contacted the pawn shop and received information that allowed him to identify and contact the individual who pawned the item. While speaking with detectives Mr. Martinez denied burglarizing the mini storage units, but admitted he believed the property he was in possession of was stolen.
Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing this investigation in an effort to identify additional potential suspects and recover more stolen property. If you have information regarding the burglaries of these mini storage units or the whereabouts of property taken during the burglaries please call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111. You may call Silent Witness toll free, at 1-877-292-7463 and ask to speak to a silent witness representative. You may remain anonymous; we need your information not your name.

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