Mexico law enforcement officials, in coordination with the US Marshals and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Bermudez on November 22, 2011, in Mexico. He was transferred to the custody of Marshals Office deputies and is currently in the custody of juvenile detention authorities in Arizona. Court proceedings are now pending for Bermudez who will be tried as an adult. This arrest accounts for the last primary suspect in this case which involved a large theft of firearms from two Cottonwood area homes. (Details on these cases are documented in the below prior media releases).
On July 20, 2011, Eddie Bojorquez, was sentenced to a term of 7.5 years, for this and other crimes. Read about Bojorquez here.
February 15, 2011-UPDATED, 2 SUSPECTS IN-CUSTODY – WARRANT ISSUED FOR OUTSTANDING SUSPECT. As the result of a traffic stop by Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies on January 21, 2011, 17-year-old Eddie Bojorquez from Cottonwood, and 17-year-old Alvaro Bermudez from Cornville, were identified as suspects in two Yavapai County burglaries. The burglary locations include a home on Rifle Road (this prior press release) and a home in the 3100 block of South Quail Run, Cottonwood. A gun from each of these burglaries was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. During the investigation, Bermudez ran from MCSO deputies and remains at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest charging Burglary, Theft, Weapons Misconduct and Trafficking in Stolen Property. Bermudez could be in the Cottonwood area or may have fled to Mexico. See his photo below.
Bojorquez was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on January 25, 2011, for involvement in these burglaries. Charges include Burglary, Theft, Misconduct Involving Weapons, and Criminal Damage. His bond on this case has been set at $150,000. He also is being held on a probation violation without bond and is classified as an adult for purposes of prosecution.
As the investigation continued, detectives developed information linking 18-year-old Eddie Medina to the Rifle Road burglary and located 24 of the stolen firearms at his Cornville home. On February 8, 2011, Medina was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Theft, Traffic in Stolen Property, Weapons Misconduct, Taking ID of Another, and Possession of a Forged Instrument. Medina remains in-custody without bond.
A total of 26 firearms have been recovered as a result of the investigation. The remaining firearms are still missing and include the collectors Thompson brand rifle noted in the prior press release.
The suspects involved in these burglaries are members of a criminal street gang.
YCSO is seeking the whereabouts of Bermudez and encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Dave Zavos at 928-771-3278 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness are eligible for a cash reward if the tip leads to the arrest of Bermudez. If you see Bermudez, please contact local law enforcement immediately.
January 12, 2011 --- On December 30, 2010, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies, initiated a residential burglary investigation on Rifle Road in Cottonwood. The reporting party indicated that approximately 75 firearms had been stolen from the home. The weapons were last seen intact as of December 17, 2010. Deputies contacted detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau who are now handling the investigation into the thefts.
The victim’s house had been unoccupied during the indicated time frame with a caretaker checking the home occasionally. Detectives and technicians examined the scene and gathered evidence. The stolen firearms were mostly collectible and military models and included both handguns and rifles. Detectives have not released a detailed list as of this writing.
One of the firearms stolen was a Thompson rifle, collector’s edition, with gold engraving on the stock and grips. A photo of the victim’s Thompson on display is attached. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of this firearm to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Additionally, if you have knowledge of persons who recently obtained a large quantity of guns under suspicious circumstances, detectives would like to speak with you.
Detective Dave Zavos is handling the case and he can be reached at 928-771-3278. Callers may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232 to provide information without giving a name. The callers to Silent Witness become eligible for a reward should an arrest occur as a result of the information provided.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at
(928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov