Accused Yarnell looter issues teary apology

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 12 at 9:26 PM

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- One of the men arrested for burglarizing evacuated homes during the Yarnell Hill Fire cried during a jailhouse interview Friday, begging for forgiveness.

"I'm truly sorry. All I meant to do was help people. Not take anything from anybody," 27-year-old Dakota Slone told 3TV in an interview at the Yavapai County Detention Center.

Slone says his friend, 22-year-old Robert Frost, broke into homes after the evacuations, and stole guns, jewelry, coins, and more.   The suspect says they sold much of the loot at pawn shops, and spent their cash on cigarettes and food.

WATCH RAW JAILHOUSE INTERVIEW WITH DAKOTA SLONE

Slone says he has a guilty conscience.  

"I want to tell you I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. I have a heart. And I'm truly sorry," he said between tears. 

"I'd do anything to pay them back.  I'd work for them the rest of my life to pay them back.  I'm ashamed of myself," Slone said.

After his arrest, Slone showed deputies a spot in the woods where he and Frost stashed some of the stolen goods.  

The two are being kept in the same cell, away from the general population in the jail, according to jail officials.

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says more arrests could come in their investigation.

 

Warning: Adult language used in following video.

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