2 Incidents: A Parolee and a Home Burglary Suspect

06 May 2016  
2 Recent Incident Overviews – Parolee Arrested for Defrauding Disabled Man/ Home Burglary suspect Arrested

On May 2, 2016, 37-year-old Seth Ruhter of Dewey was arrested for charges including Trespassing, Attempted Burglary and Possession of a Dangerous Drug. He has since been released on $7500 bond. 

On May 2, 2016, deputies were dispatched to the 10600 block of Rocky Hill Road, Dewey, regarding a suspicious person possibly trespassing. The female resident had just arrived home to see a man, whom she did not know, bent down by her front door tampering the door knob. When noticed, the suspect left, entered a silver Chevrolet Tahoe, and drove away. The victim smartly did not enter her home as there could have been additional suspects inside. She remained with neighbors pending the arrival of the deputies who would check the home to make sure it was safe to enter.  

Meanwhile, quickly arriving assisting deputies located the Tahoe and detained its driver, 37-year-old Seth Ruhter of Dewey. Ruhter was asked why he was on the victim’s front porch and he replied, “I don’t know, but I was not breaking in.” When Ruhter was searched, deputies recovered 3 small containers each containing methamphetamine. 

Deputies believe Ruhter was attempting a burglary of the victim’s home. If anyone has further information on the suspect regarding this incident or similar activities, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Refer to case number 16-015773. 

On May 3, 2016, a YCSO deputy was flagged down by a Meals on Wheels Volunteer wanting to report a theft that occurred from a home in the 10000 block of Highway 69, Mayer. The resident and victim, a 47-year-old disabled man, told the volunteer that a man staying in his home had stolen his debit card. The victim did not have a working phone and was unable to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately.

The deputy contacted the victim who explained he allowed a homeless man, identified as 34-year-old Mitchell Shields, to stay with him the last few days. Shields had recently asked the victim if he could borrow his debit card, and the victim told him no. This morning, the debit card was missing from his wallet. Unfortunately, the victim also kept the card’s PIN on a piece of paper in his wallet. The deputy alerted area units to watch for Shields and during a records check, discovered Shields had a valid parole violation warrant. 

A short time later, Mitchell was located on Miami Street in Mayer. When deputies contacted him, Mitchell gave the first name of Robert. Deputies had already obtained his driver’s license photo and showed it to “Robert” who then admitted he was Mitchell Shields. When Shields was searched, deputies recovered $300.00 in twenty dollar denominations, a used syringe, five gift cards, a Chase debit card in a different name, the victim’s debit card and associated debit card receipts from the local Circle K and Family Dollar stores. Shields was arrested. 

The victim closed his bank account and the following day, the deputy returned the victim’s stolen cash.  Because the victim is on a very limited income, the cash was very much appreciated. 

Shields was booked on several charges including Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of Credit Card, Theft x7, and Computer Fraud. He is being held without bond on a parole warrant. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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