Cottonwood Man Arrested For Relative’s Home Burglary

On December 15, 2015, 32-year-old Dustin Lee Butler was arrested for being a Prohibited possessor of Firearms, Burglary, Theft, Criminal damage, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana, possession of a Narcotic Drug, and Trafficking in Stolen Property. He remains in-custody on a $15,000 bond.

Earlier that day, a search warrant was served at Dustin Butler’s house located in the 1400 block of E. Diablo Drive in Cottonwood. Dustin is a relative of the burglary victim. On November 28, 2015, the victim reported numerous items of high value being stolen from his home. Many of those stolen items were described in a December 1, 2015, media release. During extensive follow-up by YCSO detectives, they discovered Dustin had sold a high value pen and knife stolen from the victim to a pawn broker in Mesa, Arizona. The transaction was recorded on video. Dustin claimed he got the items from his brother and denied committing the burglary. The victim reaffirmed that Dustin never had permission to enter his home.

During the investigation at Dustin’s home, several items stolen from the Cornville home were found including rifle magazines and rounds, a silver belt buckle, a silver coin, knife, and the burglary victim’s checkbook. In Dustin’s bedroom and bathroom, detectives located items of drug paraphernalia including at least one meth pipe and syringes. Detectives also seized a usable quantity of Marijuana and Heroin. Additionally, detectives found 2 handguns and noted Dustin is a prohibited possessor.

As of today, detectives are still seeking much of the stolen property listed in the prior media release and would appreciate contact from anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of the property. Please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or callers may report information anonymously to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Case no. 15-045563 – original release follows.

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