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Teenager indicted for burglary spree

January 12, 2019

KINGMAN — A Kingman teenager was indicted Tuesday on 16 felony charges.

A Mohave County grand jury indicted Austin Dean Ward, 19, on two counts first-degree burglary, three counts of vehicle theft, two counts of theft of a firearm, two counts of second-degree burglary, five counts of third-degree burglary, criminal damage and unlawful flight from police.

Ward is expected to be arraigned on the charges Wednesday. His case will then be heard by Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle. Ward is being held in custody in the Mohave County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

Kingman officers responded to a business around 3:15 p.m. Dec. 26 in the 3900 block of N. Bank Street on a report of a man breaking into parked vehicles in a fenced commercial yard, according to Kingman police.

Ward fled on foot then entered another commercial yard where he allegedly stole a bike from the back of a recreational vehicle that was parked for repairs. He rode the bike into the parking lot at Kingman High School where he was finally arrested.

Ward is also charged in another criminal case with third-degree burglary, trafficking in stolen property and possession of marijuana. That incident occurred Sept. 27 in the 5100 block of Highway 68 in Golden Valley, in which he allegedly stole a computer, court records stated.

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