WILLCOX — After being brought in for questioning, the secret came out.

On Friday, Feb. 7, Cody Strauch, 28, of Willcox was arrested and booked into the Cochise County Jail by the Willcox Police Department in reference to participation in the burglary of the Range News in November 2019.

According to Willcox Police, the arrest of Strauch was the result of a lengthy investigation. Leads were developed in the case, as well as evidence left behind indicating Strauch’s participation in the robbery.

Once questioned by police, Strauch reportedly confessed to his participation in the crime, admitting to breaking into the Range News, breaking into a safe with tools and removing the contents.

Strauch told the police that he used the undisclosed amount of cash inside the safe to buy cigarettes and threw away the rest of the contents. Also, Strauch reportedly admitted to being on an illicit drug at the time of the incident and wished to take full responsibility for the crime.

“I commend the Willcox Police Department and the Investigators assigned to this case as it was solved using good police work, attention to detail and a dedication to the community that I believe is unmatched. I would also like to thank everyone who stepped forward and provided information regarding this case, you are making a difference in this community,” said Willcox Department of Public Safety Director Dale Hadfield.

Strauch is charged with possession of burglary tools, third degree burglary, use of a dangerous drug, criminal damage, criminal trespass in the second degree and theft.

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