Two Mohave County residents were arrested earlier this month on charges including burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, after a series of incidents that occurred throughout early March.
According to police, Lake Havasu City resident Rhiannon R. Woodland, 20, and Bullhead City resident Blake V. Morland, 18, were responsible for multiple for at least two burglaries from vehicles in the Havasu area, as well as the theft of another vehicle on Sea Angler Drive.
On March 5, police received reports of the theft, which occurred after the victim allegedly left his vehicle unlocked overnight, with the keys inside. The victim contacted law enforcement when he discovered that his vehicle was missing the next morning.
Investigators allegedly learned that the vehicle was seen in Henderson after the theft, when Henderson police officers responded to a suspected vandalism incident. According to statements from Henderson police officers, a man later identified as Morland ran from the vehicle upon officers’ arrival. Police say the reporting party in that vandalism incident was Woodland’s father.
Prior to the alleged vehicle theft, officers were also called March 5 to to an alleged vehicle burglary on Kiowa Avenue. According to police, a retired police officer from Washington State was staying at an Airbnb at the location. His vehicle was parked at the address, unlocked. Police say the victim’s retired law enforcement badge and identification cards were stolen from his vehicle that morning.
Police also say Morland may have been responsible for the theft of a firearm during a second alleged vehicle burglary at a Chandler Drive address that same week. According to police, the victim learned that his truck had been burglarized, and his handgun was missing. The weapon, identified as a tan-colored 9 mm Kimber Micro Pro, was valued at about $700.
Investigators later allegedly discovered images posted to Morland’s Snapchat account, showing Morland posing with an identical handgun. According to police, the weapon’s serial number was visible in several of the photographs, which matched the serial number of the stolen firearm.
Investigators say the retired law enforcement officer’s badge and identification cards were found inside the allegedly stolen vehicle by Henderson police officers. Woodland was arrested at the scene by Henderson police officers on charges of possession of a motor vehicle, but those charges were dropped due to lack of evidence, the report said.
Prior to the alleged thefts, officers had been Morland and Woodland for questioning in a separate forgery incident. According to police, Woodland agreed to pay $750 for a used mobile phone from an online seller. Morland allegedly paid cash to the phone’s seller, which police say was later found to be counterfeit.
Lake Havasu City Police officers later found Morland and Woodland on April 4 at a London Bridge Beach location, where they were taken into custody.
According to the report, Woodland told investigators she knew the vehicle was stolen by Morland. According to Woodland’s alleged statements, Morland discarded the stolen pistol prior to their arrival in Henderson. Woodland also told police that she was aware Morland paid for the mobile phone, mentioned in Feb. 24 report, with counterfeit currency.
Both suspects have been charged with felony counts of theft of a motor vehicle, third-degree burglary, theft and forgery.
As of Wednesday, Woodland and Morland remained in custody at Mohave County Jail on $10,000 bond.