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Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:05

Crime Doesn’t Pay, Even With Counterfeit Money Featured

Lt. Vince Schaan

A string of criminal reports in the Bright Star subdivision led to the arrest of two alleged counterfeiters. 

Between September 7, 2017 and September 15, 2017 Chino Valley Police responded to a string of criminal reports inside the Bright Star subdivision in Chino Valley. The reported crimes included 4 stolen vehicles, 1 residential burglary and one vehicle burglary. 

Chino Valley Police investigated all reported incidents, collected evidence, gathered information from witnesses and victims. After hundreds of hours of investigative time by patrol staff and our investigations division we were able to identify a suspect. The investigation then resulted in Chino Valley Police arresting the suspect and then executing a search warrant on the suspect’s residence in the 2100 block of Touchstone Rd in Chino Valley. 

The primary suspect is identified as 28 year old Chino Valley residence Joshua Taylor. Also arrested and charged was his girlfriend 35 year old Chino Valley resident Cherie Bier. Mr. Taylor has prior arrests, gang ties and has served time in prison. Ms. Bier also has a criminal history in Yavapai County including serving some probation time. 

The search warrant executed by Chino Valley Police with assistance from the Department of Public Safety Gang Taskforce, resulted in the recovery of numerous items of stolen property. In addition drugs and drug paraphernalia was located inside the residence along with items utilized to counterfeit United States Currency as well as counterfeit United States Currency. 

All the vehicles stolen these incidents had already been recovered prior to the execution of the search warrant. Some property has not been recovered but leads are being investigated with ties to other locations in the state. 

Joshua Taylor was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on burglary, theft of a means of transportation, trafficking in stolen property, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery and possession of marijuana. Cherie Bier was booked into jail on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery and possession of marijuana. 

The Chino Valley Police Department would like to thank the Department of Public Safety Gang Taskforce for their assistance as well as the numerous Brightstar residents who provided tips and information to us during the course of this investigation. 

We would also like to remind people, if you see something, say something. You aren’t bothering us if you report suspicious activity in your area, that is what we are here for. 

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