One Arrest Could Wrap Up Series Of Crimes

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The arrest of 26-year-old Andrew R. Snoeberger Saturday, Feb. 23 may wrap up a number of cases under investigation by local law enforcement agencies.

Snoeberger was arrested on multiple charges following a search warrant of an apartment he was staying in on South Tonto in Payson.

Det. Brian Havey of the Gila County Sheriff's Department served the warrant with help from the Gila County Narcotics Task Force and the Payson Police Department.

The police department's special response team was used to make entry to the apartment due to the high probability of weapons in the residence.

Havey drafted the warrant as a continuation of his investigation into recent burglaries.

Snoeberger is facing charges from all three agencies involved.

The sheriff's office booked him into jail on two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card as well as four counts of misconduct with a weapon.

Investigators found four weapons in the apartment, two of which had been reported stolen from a vehicle burglary that occurred in Star Valley in January, 2002.

Snoeberger also was found to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The drug charges will be filed against him by the GCNTF.

Additionally, the police department located items of evidence linking Snoeberger to the burglary, criminal damage and theft of items from the Rim Country Middle School which occurred in January.

"We recovered what we believe to be stolen property from the burglary at the school," Det. Matt Van Camp said. "We also seized a pair of shoes (from Snoeberger) that matches the prints left behind following the burglary."

VanCamp said there was more than $2,000 worth of items stolen from the school and more than $5,000 in damage to school property.

VanCamp said that without Havey's persistence, the school burglary may have gone unsolved.

"The cooperation between all three agencies is what is solving these crimes," VanCamp said.

Snoeberger is being held in the Gila County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

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