Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies received a report Aug. 28 from a Lake Havasu City resident who said his mail had been stolen. The victim was expecting a credit card in the mail, but never received it. According to the report, the victim received information the card had been activated and used at several Havasu businesses.
Deputies visited each business and obtained video surveillance footage, which allegedly led to the identification of Havasu resident Ryan A. Rothleutner, 39. Deputies attempted to locate Rothleutner, , but were unsuccessful until Sept. 9, after Mohave County Probation officers attempted to contact Rothleutner at his residence.
According to the report, probation officers attempted to speak with Rothleutner in his front yard, but Rothleutner fled into his residence. Deputies were called, and ordered Rothleutner to exit his home. After several minutes, a woman emerged from the residence, and told deputies Rothleutner fled out the back door.
Deputies searched the back yard of the residence, and observed a small shed. According to the report, the shed was locked from the inside and noise could be heard from within. Deputies ordered Rothleutner to come out, and Rothleutner complied, the report said.
Rothleutner allegedly told deputies when asked that a friend had given him the victim’s credit card. Rothleutner was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest, the report said. Rothleutner was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of a credit card and fraudulent use of a credit card. He remains in custody at Mohave County Jail as of Tuesday on $5,000 bond.