Beaver Valley Man Arrested With Reported Stolen Goods In Hand


A Beaver Valley man probably knew something was amiss when his nephew came out of the woods carrying a plasma TV Thursday.

Luke Bourns called police about 12:30 p.m. Thursday after he had an altercation with his nephew, Matthew Bickman, about the TV. Officers determined the set was stolen from a nearby home and arrested Bickman on several charges.

Bourns reportedly locked Bickman out of his house when Bickman “came out of the trees carrying a large plasma TV,” said Gila County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Tim Scott.

Bickman told Bourns a “guy” had given him the TV and Bickman later told Deputy Matt Hill the same story.

When Sgt. Doreen Spychala looked around the Beaver Valley neighborhood, she discovered a home with a broken window.

“Det. Jamie Garrett determined that the stolen TV was taken from this residence from evidence found at the scene,” Scott said.

Hill also found a cable box belonging to the burglarized residence in the East Verde River behind Bickman’s residence.

The owners of the burglarized residence were not home at the time.

“There were several other items located that are believed to have come from the burglarized residence and are currently impounded and awaiting identification from the homeowners,” Scott said.

Bickman was arrested on charges of domestic violence, assault, possession of stolen property, threats and disorderly conduct.

Additional charges could be filed pending the outcome of the investigation, Scott said.


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