Golden Valley burglar sent to prison

April 9, 2019

KINGMAN — A burglary spree involving at least 20 victims is sending a Golden Valley man to an Arizona Department of Corrections prison for more than 11 years.

The 11 1/2-year prison sentence ordered Friday was mandated in a plea agreement convicting Austin Ward, 19, of five burglary charges, theft of means of transportation and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

Prosecutor Bob Moon said Ward targeted vehicles, homes and businesses in the Golden Valley and Kingman area during the burglary and theft spree from last September into December. He said some of the stolen property included a vehicle, jewelry, firearms, a safe and a laptop computer.

Moon said Ward agreed to pay restitution under terms of the plea agreement. Moon said restitution currently totals more than $93,000 but could exceed $100,000 once all the victims submit their claims.