Man convicted of theft from a vehicle

La Paz County Attorney Press Release

On March 9, 2011, a La Paz County jury convicted Juan Manuel Romero, 28, of Parker, AZ, of Burglary and Theft. Romero will be sentenced on April 4, 2011. As a prior felon he faces 2.25 to 7.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections and is not eligible for probation.

The case was heard in La Paz County Superior Court with Judge Michael Burke presiding. The case was prosecuted by Deputy County Attorney Dan Terrell and the lead investigator was Sgt. Richard Epps of the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office.

On August 29, 2010, William L. Kean was leaving the Roadrunner Resort in Parker. As Kean got closer to his vehicle he saw Romero exit his vehicle. Kean flagged down law enforcement and Romero was immediately caught after taking numerous DVDs and other property out of the vehicle.

Romero, who was extremely intoxicated, asked Sgt. Epps if he could just get a ticket. Sgt. Epps informed Romero that he could not issue a ticket for a felony offense.


  1. More great work by the Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s. Back in the days of our last two County Attorney’s, this guy would have gotten misdemeanor theft at best.

    Even with a Sheriff’s and CA’s who are both WAY understaffed, maybe La Paz County can be known as a community that does not tolerate criminal activity. We got a long way to go, but we’re heading in the right direction.

    Keep up the good work Sammy!

  2. re-Elect sam as County Attorney. Great job!!

  3. Sam Vederman has done a wonderful job. Although he would make an excellent replacement for Judge Michael Burke, my friends and I hope he stays as the county attorney. By all accounts he has had to rebuild the office from the ground up.

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