A local man and a teen girl were arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly burglarizing vehicles in the Foothills.
The arrests have prompted the Yuma County Sheriff's Office to remind Yuma area residents not to leave expensive items in their vehicles because such valuables can easily be removed and concealed by someone walking down the street.
“We encourage the public to be sure that your vehicle and residence are properly secured for the evening and to pay attention and watch for suspicious vehicles and persons moving about the area,” YCSO officials stated.
According to YCSO, at about 12:36 a.m. a deputy on routine patrol in the area of the 11000 block of East Via Salida saw two people jump a fence into the back yard of a home.
A purse filled with valuable items was located near the fence and additional deputies were sent to the scene.
Deputies then searched the back yard and reportedly found 18-year-old Giovanni Cinquemani and a 16-year-old girl hiding in a storage shed. The teen girl's identity has not been released to the public because she is a minor.
According to YCSO, both Cinquemani and the girl admitted they had burglarized vehicles in several neighborhoods including Mesa Del Sol, Calle Raquel, and Via Salida.
Cinquemani was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center. He faces possible charges including burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and criminal trespassing.
The teen girl was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center. She faces possible charges including burglary, theft, possession of stolen property and criminal trespassing.
YCSO encourages anyone with information about this case to contact them at 783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.