County investigators found a man in Flagstaff wanted in connection with dozens of burglaries in the Blue Ridge area.
Commander Rex Gilliland of the Coconino County Sheriff's Office said that Edward Sedillo Sr., 52, was taken into custody in Flagstaff Friday morning. He was wanted on two separate arrest warrants stemming from more than 40 burglaries reported over a period of a year in Blue Ridge, which is southeast of Flagstaff.
After being interviewed by detectives Friday, Sedillo was booked into the county jail on eight counts of residential burglary, four counts of prohibited possessor of a firearm, two counts of auto theft and one count of trafficking in stolen property, Gilliland said.
According to information from the sheriff's office, the case came to a head Friday, Aug. 10, when deputies served a search warrant on homes where Sedillo stayed -- one in Clear Creek Pines Unit 8 in Blue Ridge, and one in Winslow. Deputies recovered more than 150 items that were known to have been or believed to have been taken during some of the burglaries, which began in early 2011. Among the recovered items were a vintage Jeep, several off-road vehicles, dozens of power and hand tools and an air compressor.
A neighborhood watch group that formed in the area in response to the burglaries began reporting suspicious activity involving Sedillo, who had moved into the area at about the same time the burglaries started. In mid-July, he was caught in a stolen vehicle. Sheriff's detectives began looking for Sedillo following the searches.
At the time of his arrest, he was on probation out of Navajo County for convictions for possession and trafficking of stolen property.
The case is ongoing.