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1/9/2013 6:00:00 AM
Burglary, theft charges dropped in Kingman plea
Robert Osterhout
Robert Osterhout

A 21-year-old man arrested for a string of more than a dozen car burglaries pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single charge of theft of a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles.

Under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Robert Osterhout will receive probation, the length and terms of which are up to Judge Derek Carlisle.

Carlisle has the option of giving Osterhout up to a year in the Mohave County Jail when Osterhout is formally sentenced next month.

In exchange for the guilty plea, 11 other charges, including burglary and theft, were dismissed.

Osterhout was arrested in October after Kingman Police stepped up their patrols in the Fripps Ranch subdivision following multiple reports of thefts from vehicles.

An officer spotted a Jeep that matched the description of one possibly involved in the burglaries and stopped the driver, identified as Dustin Lee Pruitt, 26.

Capt. Rusty Cooper said officers found some of the stolen property in the vehicle.

That led to a search warrant being served at a home in the Walnut Creek subdivision in Golden Valley, where more stolen property was found, according to Cooper.

Osterhout was arrested at the Walnut Creek home. Cooper said both men admitted being involved in the car burglaries.

Prosecutors said Osterhout used or attempted to use one the stolen credit cards at Gas and Grub, Walmart, CVS and Crazy Fred's.

Pruitt was arrested on the same charges as Osterhout. His case is still pending.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Article comment by: the ghost .....

maybe they're smarter than you think. He WILL do it again, and then he goes to prison for a long, long time. It's kind of a game, but not really when you're walkin' the yard with nothing to think about except how stupid you were to get outwitted by schemers who think so low and have no honor.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: tj denton

no name provided.

your son recieved one year UN-SUPERVISED probation. i guarantee it! so quite literally your son received a paper saying not to get in trouble anymore for the next year and other than that have to do absolutely nothing. just sayin.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: d l

@ done with this

I'm in complete agreement with you and I too have been saying that the FBI needs to be made aware of the outcome of numerous cases here, for the last so many years in particular. If you have an email address you can post in response here, I'll reply. I'm not sure how a petition will work but some phone calls to the FBI would definitely be appropriate.


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: no shame the system

so are we allowed to go back to the judge and get reinstatments if this fine piece of work does it again. if he strikes again im a firm believer the the judge or criminal system is also at fault and should be found responsable as well. how about we put him thought some counseling.

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: Citizen Woody

Great job Capt. Cooper and the KPD.

Judge, (and I use the term loosly) words can not discribe the growing contempt for you and the local prejudicial system in that county.
I left that county over two years ago and for obvious reasons, I'm certainly better off for it.
Could not see getting railroaded for protectin me
and/or mine in judicial siberia


Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Article comment by: done with this

We all need to get together and somehow make the FEDS investigate the whole mohave county court system..i wished JOE* was our sherriff here! My Guess is This punk knows or is related to someone in the system..come on guys lets start a petition against kingman officals letting us be prey for these offenders

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Roy Leggett

Does the Prosecuting Attorneys office ever try cases here, All I ever see is plea bargaining. Criminals go in the front door and out the back. I was a deputy sheriff in another state and I quit because of the swinging door. I would still be filling out paper work and the punks walked.

The Kingman police department here work hard but the prosecuting attorney and judges turn criminals lose faster than the police can pick them up. You want a clean city, change prosecutors and judges but don't blame the police.

The experience I have had with prosecuting attorneys is they turn crooks lose faster than it takes the ink to dry on the complaint the police file. Officers are doing a good job. I am proud of our police.


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: No name provided

Wow! My son received 1 year of probation for Minor Consumption. Something is screwed up here...

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Crime Does Pay

Crime is not suppose to pay, but in Kingman apparently it does.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: NORTHERN STAR

Don't worry folks, we WILL see his mug in our paper again soon, I am sure!

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Lucky Leprechan

This guy best be "counting me lucky charms". Talk about getting a great holiday gift.

Commit over a dozen crimes and gets away with one charge?

Our county is a nationwide joke. Maybe thats why all the low lifes come here to set up shop.


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: The Voice of Kingman.

"Both men admitted being involved in the burgleries". Huh ? Let's see now, caught in the act, caught with the goods, more than a dozen burgleries, but let's just dismiss 11 of the charges and give them probation. Our great justice system at it's best.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: just me

i understand the need for plea deals, throwing out the charges is just plain stupid

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Way To Go!

"Under the terms of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Robert Osterhout will receive probation"

Way to go, maybe he learned from his mistakes! Next time he may not get caught and just maybe someone will get hurt in order for him not to get caught. Nice job to the DA and the Judge, kept another one on the streets.


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: JD Blocker

So they reduce a criminal ring down to one lousy charge.
Great, why dont we just turn them all lose to steal from us some more?


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: hear we go

great another slap on the wrist for a criminal in kingman maybe in 6 months when we dose it again he will get caught by some one other than the police

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: t r

He should get more then probation. Come on. People with less crime then this gets thrown in jail. This is ridiculous.

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: bad girl

Good ol Boys strike again

Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: I BEEN EVERYWHERE MAN

Probation for more than a dozen burglaries???? Lock your cars and homes tight because hes not done....


Posted: Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Article comment by: Look Out

These judges just tell law breakers to go back out and play nice.



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