On February 21st, 2016 at 9:30 A.M. the Prescott Police Department began an investigation into a burglary, which had occurred at the Prescott Center for the Arts. Officers initially responded to the building, located at 208 N. Marina Street after receiving a call from the Operations Manager about the crime. The Manager reported that the building had been burglarized sometime between February 20th at 2:30 P.M. and February 21st at approximately 1:30 P.M.
Responding Officers found that an antique chandelier valued at approximately $2,000 had been damaged as the suspect (s) had thrown a prop spear at it. The falling debris from the chandelier had also damaged a chair. In addition, a total of approximately $4,800 of electronics equipment was also removed from the building. It appeared the suspects gained entry through an unlocked door.
Prescott Police Detectives investigating the case identified three suspects; two 16-year-old males, one from Prescott Valley and one from Chino Valley, as well as 18-year-old Gatlin Benegas of Chino Valley (photo attached). With the cooperation of Prescott Valley Police Department and Chino Valley Police Department, all three suspects were located, and interviewed. The laptop was recovered, however the other missing items are all outstanding. The two juvenile suspects were booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center for charges of burglary and criminal damage. Benegas was booked into the Yavapai County Jail for charges of burglary and criminal damage.