Today: May 27 , 2020

Homicide, Burglary & Firearms Connected in Multiple Arrests

25 June 2019   Lt. Randy Chapman

Burglary  leads to multiple arrests; List of guns still being sought.

On 06/06/2019 a home in the 800 block of Judy Ave in Chino Valley caught fire. The resident of the home was unable to occupy it and left items inside the home until their insurance company could assess the damage. 

On 06/10/2019 the resident returned to their home and discovered 32 firearms were stolen from their residence. Some of the firearms were damaged by the fire, others were not. A list of the stolen firearms were sent out to local agencies. Chino Valley Police Department was waiting on a list of serial numbers from the victim to enter them as stolen.

On 06/20/2019 a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Detective contacted a Chino Valley Police Department Detective. The YCSO Detective believed the weapon used by Johnathan Rice in commission of the homicide of Aneesa Williams may have been one of the stolen weapons. 

The victim was contacted and provided serial numbers for 24 of the stolen guns. The victim also reported an additional 8 firearms as stolen for a total of 40. The gun Johnathan used was identified as one of the stolen firearms.

Chino Valley Police Department Detectives responded to the Camp Verde Jail and interviewed Johnathan Rice. Johnathan told them he had purchased the firearm from Cassie Hall. 

Officers responded to the area of Grasshopper Lane and HoHokam Drive and made contact with Cassie Hall, Clint Gregory and Kyra Craft. While contacting Kyra, Officers noticed she placed something in her pocket. It was later discovered Kyra had placed Methamphetamine in her pocket. Kyra was taken into custody for possession of dangerous drugs and transported to the Chino Valley Police Department.

Officers received consent and searched the residence of Cassie Hall. No firearms were located.

Kyra Craft gave officers consent to view her cell phone contents. Officers discovered messages between Kyra Craft and others soliciting attempts to sell firearms and pictures of a few of the stolen firearms.

Officers returned to the area of Grasshopper Lane and Hohokam Drive and contacted Clint Gregory. Clint Gregory admitted to him and Cassie unlawfully entering the residence in the 800 block of Judy Avenue and taking some of the firearms. Clint and Cassie were taken into custody. During a search incident to arrest counterfeit money was located in Clint’s pocket.

Clint Gregory and Cassie Hall were transported back to Chino Valley Police Department. Cassie denies selling a firearm to Johnathan Rice. All other firearms Clint Gregory and Cassie Hall stole were traded or sold.

On 06/12/2019 Chino Valley Officers arrested Justin Potts for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony. On 06/20/2019 after receiving the list of stolen firearms serial numbers it was learned the firearm Justin Potts had in his possession on 06/12/2019 was one of the stolen firearms.

As a result of this investigation Johnathan Rice was charged with Possession of a stolen firearm. Justin Potts was charged with possession of stolen property. Cassie hall was charged with 5 counts of burglary in the 1st degree, 5 counts of trafficking stolen property, 6 counts of misconduct involving weapons, and 10 counts of theft. Clint Gregory was charged with 3 counts of burglary in the 1st degree, 1 count of trafficking stolen property, 8 counts of theft, 3 counts of misconduct involving weapons, and 1 count of forgery for possessing counterfeit money. Kira Craft was charged with possession of dangerous drugs.

The Chino Valley Police Department is still looking for the following firearms:

Tagfolio T95 replica of CZ75 9mm

Norinco 213 9mm

Star BM 9mm

Sharp Military Chiappa Berdan 45-70

Sharp Buffalo 1873 Chiappa replica 45-70

Rolling Block Pedersoli 45-70

Marlin 1897 Cowboy .22

Chiappa Little Sharps single shot replica .22 pistol

GSG STG 44 replica .22

GSG MP40 replica .22

Marlin 60 with Red Dot Scope

Stoger Luger replica .22

American Arms p98 .22 revolver

J.C. Higgins Revolver .22

Sig Sauer Mosquito .22 pistol

Star Model f .22 pistol

Cimarron 1875 45-70

Cimarron 1875 45-70

Stoger Uberti 511 45-70

Kel-Tec PMR-30 .22mag

Heritage RR22MB6 .22

Colt Walther M-4 replica

Kingston Armory M-1 Grand replica .22

Israel Arms Kareen high power 9mm

Chinese version 1897 Winchester “Trench Broom” 12 Ga.

Chinese version double barrel 20 Ga.

Marlin 1895 45-70

Erma Luger 22

Cz52 380

Nornico .45 cal

10-22 Ruger 22

Astra 600 9mm

Makarov 9mm

Nagat .30 cal

Star Super B 9mm

Colt 1849 Walker 44

Piatta 1851 Navy .36 cal

38 special 1861 Army Convert

GSG AK47 replica 22

If anyone unknowingly came into possession of one of these firearms, please bring it to the Chino Valley Police Department. You will not be charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

If anyone has further information regarding this case contact Detective Amy Chamberlin at (928) 636-4223.