Yuma Mortuary vandalized; video reveals person of interest

YUMA, Ariz. – The crime was all caught on tape– a vandal out in the early hours on Sunday July 12th throwing rocks at the Yuma Mortuary van and building entrance.  Police say they are looking for a person responsible for criminal damage to the Yuma Mortuary.

Owner, Darren Mattice, said he discovered the damage the next morning when he arrived at the business.  After pulling video surveillance it revealed a person throwing rocks at the Yuma Mortuary at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

“This is the first time there was any damage or any vandalism,” said Mattice.

Mattice said the person was unable to break the van window, but two front window panes were broken during the incident and the repairs will cost at least $1000.

The person of interest got out of a taxi at the Shell station before he took the alley way to the mortuary.   The Shell station– also provided video– and it did not reveal the person going inside to store before the incident occurred.

If you have information or recognize the person in the video call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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