3 more arrested for burglary

November 4, 2017 GMT

Lake Havasu City Police arrested two men and a 17-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon after an alleged burglary in the 1900 block of Rainbow Drive North.

A neighbor notified police when they noticed a burglary in progress at a nearby residence. The neighbor reportedly saw two males dressed in all black carrying what appeared to be a safe out of the residence before loading it onto a pickup truck and leaving the area quickly, police said in a press release Friday.

Officers who responded to the scene discovered forced entry had been made into the home. Surveillance video was discovered in the area and police were able to obtain a description of the suspect vehicle. The vehicle was spotted less than two hours later at a motel in the 2000 block of Acoma Boulevard West.

Police officers determined which room the suspects were in and attempted to contact them. Two of the male subjects jumped out of the motel room rear window and took off running when police arrived. They were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit, police said. One of the males was a juvenile. A third person was taken into custody inside the motel room.

Richard L. Schopp, 36, of Lake Havasu City was charged with burglary, theft, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, possession of a weapon in a drug offense, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Schopp was held on a $50,000 cash only bond and transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Police say Schopp was released from prison in July of 2016 for similar crimes in Lake Havasu City.

Michael J. Hildreth, 45, of California was charged with burglary, theft and possession of a weapon by a prohibited person. Hildreth was held on a $50,000 cash only bond and transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Also arrested was a 17-year-old boy who police say is a resident of Lake Havasu City. He was charged with burglary and theft. The juvenile was booked into juvenile detention.

During a search of the motel room, one of the subject’s residences in the 3900 block of Brookside Drive and their vehicles, police discovered stolen jewelry, firearms and burglary tools.

Police say the stolen safe from the residence on Rainbow Drive North was located in the desert area off of Trotwood Drive and had been pried open.

The subjects were also charged with a burglary that occurred on Oct. 29, 2017 in the 1100 block of Cascade Drive.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives are attempting to identify additional victims.