JJ Lavern ZumwaltCHLORIDE-Three Kingman residents were arrested by Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18 after a security guard caught the alleged burglars red handed.

Sheriff spokeswoman Trish Carter said JJ Lavern Zumwalt, 44, early Wednesday morning after deputies responded to 8275 N. Mineral Park Road regarding security personnel interrupting a truck being stolen from the property. Deputies made contact with the security guard who said he had observed vehicle lights heading away from the mill and he checked with other security guards and none of them were driving in that area. The security guard proceeded to the area where he observed the lights and located an abandoned crane truck parked on the side of the road running.

A K9 handler with his K9 responded and an immediate search of the terrain consisted of numerous piles of large boulders. Eventually, K9 “Ecko” caught a scent and started tracking up and over the large rock piles. During the search, the K9 Handler located a suspect lying down in between some rocks,said Carter.

The suspect, later identified as Zumwalt, was taken into custody without incident. A search of Zumwalt revealed a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance. Deputies observed Zumwalt had a pair of industrial work gloves and two flashlights. During conversations with Zumwalt, he said that he drove to the mine with friends in a Ford truck. Zumwalt was taken to the Mohave County jail in Kingman on the charges of for theft of means of transportation, burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, felonies

Carter said during further investigation, deputies made contact with a second security guard who reported seeing a Ford Dually truck in the area as he drove into the property by the front gate.  The security guard further said that he contacted two male subjects inside the truck as it pulled over on side of the road. The security guard questioned the male subjects about working at the mine and the driver said no. The security guard advised that the truck turned around and headed down the hill toward Highway 93.

Deputies were provided with the license plate number and a Kingman Ranger, Arizona Department of Public Safety responded and conducted an aerial search without success. Deputies ran the license plate and attempted to locate the truck and the owner of truck at the registered address without success. Upon further investigations, at about 8:10 a.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Airfield Avenue and located the Ford Dually truck. Deputies contacted the owner of the truck, who was identified asHalvie Miller II, 51.

Carter said during conversations with Miller, he said that he was prospecting for gold with two of his friends and they were in the area of the mine early Wednesday morning. Miller said he did not steal anything and he thinks his friends were bored when they decided to drive the crane around. Miller was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Mohave County jail on the charges of theft of means of transportation, burglary and possession of burglary tools, felonies.

A third suspect was then arrested on Thursday, June 18 after deputies learned of his identity. Carter said around 12:30 a.m., deputies responded to a residence in the 2400 block of Northfield Avenue and made contact with the homeowner. The deputies were then granted permission to search the residence for Tommy Lewis Sims, 50. Deputies located Sims hiding in the bathroom where he was taken into custody without incident. During conversations with Sims, he denied any involvement with this incident. He was take to the Mohave County jail on the charges oftheft of means of transportation and burglary, all felonies.

Halvie Miller  Tommy Lewis Sims

Halvie Miller                  Tommy Sims

K9 Handler and Ecko searching for suspect MCSO deputy and K9 “Echo”