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Contact: Captain Eben Bratcher, Lt. Darren Simmons, Deputy Roxanne Meyer or Alfonso Zavala
Phone: (928) 783-4427
DR# 2013-26826

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3:30 PM, April 10, 2013


Fraudulent Schemes

Location of Incident: 3484 E. Sombra Lane, Yuma, AZ

On 03-23-2013, at approximately 0837 hours, Yuma County Sheriff’s Deputies received a report of a Vehicle Theft. The reporting party, identified as 49 year old Isabel Christina McBee, stated to Deputies that her 2012 Lincoln Navigator worth approximately $72,000.00 was missing from her residence. The deputy who took the report became suspicious when McBee could not produce the vehicle’s spare key, stating that it was kept in a safe to which she did not know the combination. During the deputy’s investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle’s key was equipped with a security chip, without which the vehicle could not be started.

The case was then turned over to the YCSO’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, where detectives discovered that records indicated that the vehicle crossed the border into Mexico in the early morning hours of 03-22-13, a full day prior to when McBee claimed to have last seen it. Video surveillance further showed McBee entering into the U.S. on foot only 42 minutes after the vehicle had left the country.

During an interview with detectives on 4-09-13, McBee admitted to having taken the vehicle into Mexico, leaving it and the key with a relative. She further admitted to having then filed a false report of the vehicle’s theft to law enforcement and her insurance company. During the interview, McBee also revealed that her husband, Patrick McBee, was aware of the scheme, being that she had informed him. Isabel McBee was consequently booked into the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center on charges of fraudulent schemes and theft.

On 04-10-2013, Sheriff’s Investigators spoke with Patrick McBee, Isabel’s husband, in reference to his involvement in this case. Mr. McBee declined to speak to investigators and was subsequently booked into the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center on charges of fraudulent schemes and theft.

Information Released By:  Sgt. Raul Garcia