Investigation, SWAT raid leads to arrest of Havasu man on theft, drug charges
A Lake Havasu City man was arrested on charges of trafficking stolen property, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after a raid of his home earlier this month.
According to the police report, a Havasu resident reported that his collection of guns had been stolen in late November. The victim allegedly told officers he was recarpeting his residence, and had to move his guns to the trunk of his vehicle so that he could move his gun-safe. When he went to his vehicle on Nov. 30, he observed many of his firearms had gone missing.
One of the allegedly stolen guns turned up during a Jan. 6 traffic stop. The driver, who was not identified by police, told officers he had weapons in his vehicle. Officers located and checked the weapons to ensure they weren’t stolen. When a rifle was identified as stolen in the Nov. 30 theft, the man was transported to Lake Havasu City Police Department for further questioning.
The unidentified man allegedly told police he acquired the rifle from Havasu resident Timothy J. White, 35. Earlier that day, the man agreed to trade a 14-foot aluminum boat in exchange for the weapon, the report said. White allegedly told the man he bought the rifle from a gun shop that was going out of business.
The man described White as “sketchy” during his conversation with police. According to statements the man allegedly provided to detectives, his boat was still parked in White’s driveway, and White was already attempting to sell parts from the boat on social media.
On Jan. 7, officers obtained a warrant to search White’s home, person and vehicles on his property. Because White could potentially have been in possession of firearms at the residence, the report said, a SWAT team was assigned to serve the warrant.
White was detained in a traffic stop near his residence, and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail. The search of his home allegedly yielded items of drug paraphernalia and a syringe containing a usable amount of heroin. A computer, several mobile phones, a hard drive and thumb drive were also seized during the search. Used syringes and homemade bongs were located in the bathroom of the residence, the report said.
According to officers, two young children were located alone inside the residence, and their mother was contacted to retrieve them.
White allegedly admitted to owning the contraband found in his home, and admitted to using heroin at his residence. He also allegedly admitted to selling the stolen rifle, which he said he purchased from another identified man in December. According to the police report, he also said he did not believe his children would be able to access his used needles.
White was also booked on charges of felony child abuse.
Court records in this case were not available at Mohave County Superior Court as of Monday morning.