Yavapai County Detectives Recover $500K In Stolen Military Equipment, Suspect Sought

Jason Parker [Photo courtesy Yavapai County Sheriff's Office]

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives, working with Army investigators have made several arrests in the July theft of a 31-foot flatbed trailer carrying a container of US Military equipment.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on June 29, 2022, the driver of the truck pulling the flatbed trailer experienced engine problems while enroute from California to Kansas and pulled off Interstate 40 into a gas station parking lot in Seligman, where he disconnected the trailer and left to get his truck fixed at a repair shop. Several days later the driver, who was staying at a local motel while his vehicle was being repaired, went to the gas station to check on the trailer and found it missing along with the shipping container holding approximately $500,000 of US Military equipment.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) detectives were able to track the trailer to a residence in Chino Valley.

Detectives arrested 75-year-old Chino Valley resident, Curt Wells, on charges of Possession and Trafficking Stolen Property. Wells had purchased the trailer, valued at approximately $22,000, for $900 from the thieves.

The investigation by YCSO detectives and Army CID have led to the recovery of most of the stolen equipment and the arrests of, 43-year-old Chino Valley man, Jason Myers, 41-year-old Joshua Arena of Paulden and 65-year-old Gary Morrison of Paulden. All men are being charged with Theft and Trafficking Stolen Property. A fourth suspect, 51-year-old Chino Valley resident, Jason Parker remains at large.

Yavapai Silent Witness is offering an $800 cash reward for information leading to Parker’s arrest. To earn the reward, you must contact the Yavapai Silent Witness at (800) 932-3232 or visit yavapaisw.com to make a tip. All calls and tips are anonymous. You never have to give your name.

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  1. Coincidence that the driver just happened to “Experience engine problems” right there? And left the trailer alone for several days without checking on it? Yeah, I dunno.

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