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Deputies find stolen vehicle on fire, arrest Kingman man in second stolen vehicle

January 26, 2019 GMT

Deputies find stolen vehicle on fire, arrest Kingman man in second stolen vehicle

Mohave County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Kingman address Monday after receiving reports of a burning vehicle. The vehicle was fully engulfed when deputies arrived, the report said, but deputies were able to read the vehicle’s VIN number. Deputies identified the vehicle’s owner, who told them the vehicle had been kept in a hangar at Kingman Municipal Airport.

Deputies went to the airport and found that a chain link fence at the location had been cut and knocked down. Tracks were found at the scene, which led to a hangar not accessible from the street. The door to the hangar had been pried open and the structure had been ransacked, the report said. According to alleged statements by the owner, the hangar had contained two vehicles, a handgun, specialty tools, knives and batteries – all of which had been stolen.

On Wednesday, deputies found a lead in the case when they were called to assist Arizona State Troopers at a traffic stop in Kingman. The second stolen vehicle had been found with two occupants within, the report said. The driver, identified as 35-year-old Ruben C. Lopez, of Kingman, was arrested at the scene.

According to deputies, further investigation revealed that Lopez committed the burglary at Kingman Municipal Airport. Lopez was charged with third degree burglary and theft. According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, the case remains under investigation and further charges against Lopez may be pending.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to contact the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office at 928-753-0753, or call toll-free at 1-800-522-4312.