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AZ woman, boyfriend accused of taking kids' Christmas cash

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Amanda Sue Rick. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office) Amanda Sue Rick. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office)
Cruz Alberto Ruvalcaba. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office) Cruz Alberto Ruvalcaba. (Source: Mohave County Sheriff's Office)
KINGMAN, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

Mohave County sheriff's deputies arrested a northern Arizona woman and her boyfriend on suspicion of stealing her children's Christmas money and now has linked the couple to an October burglary.

Amanda Sue Rick, 31, and Cruz Alberto Ruvalcaba, 29, both of Golden Valley, were charged Dec. 27 in an October burglary, according to Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

On Christmas Day, deputies arrested the couple on felony drug charges and probation violations.

Two people at the family Kingman home said they had given $10 to each of their four grandchildren for Christmas.

The grandparents said the children's mother allegedly took $30 from the three youngest children.

Deputies learned that the children's father has custody of the four, and that Rick and Ruvalcaba had stopped by.

They left on foot and the children told the grandparents the mother had taken the $30, according to deputies.

When deputies later located Rick, she said the children gave her the money so she could get a motel room.

Deputies said they found syringes on Rick and Ruvalcaba.

Rick and Ruvalcaba both were arrested and booked into the Mohave County Jail for outstanding misdemeanor warrants and charges of felony possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation and failure to pay fines.

During the investigation, police spoke with the victim of the burglary of which the couple is accused. The victim said a neighbor called her about people in her Golden Valley home in October, and when she arrived home some of her things were stolen, including a big screen television. Deputies called a neighbor who recognized Rick and Ruvalcaba because they lived down the street.

On Friday, deputies contacted Rick and Ruvalcaba in Mohave County Jail, and they admitted to being in the home to "check things out" but denied taking anything.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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