2 Suspects arrested for vehicle burglary at trailhead in Sedona

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The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

SEDONA -- On January 8, 2009, at approximately 5:30 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section arrested two suspects for a trailhead vehicle burglary in the Sedona county area. The suspects are identified as 34-year-old Cottonwood resident Robert Farley, and 23-year-old Clarkdale resident Christopher Severson.

Since mid-year 2008, YCSO has received numerous reports of vehicle burglaries at trailheads throughout Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. In the first week of this year alone, YCSO was contacted by at least 7 burglary victims whose vehicles were parked at several area trailheads including Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon, Fay Canyon, Bear Mountain, Long Canyon and Devils Bridge. Additionally, thanks to leads provided by United States Forest Service Officers who work in the area, detectives identified a possible suspect vehicle described as a green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, Arizona license ADS7316.

During a surveillance mission in the late afternoon of January 8th, a YCSO detective spotted the green Grand Am near the Vultee Arch trailhead turnoff. Two males, both wearing base ball caps, were inside the vehicle. The suspect vehicle drove by several trailhead areas and was eventually seen entering the Boynton Canyon trailhead parking lot. About 5 minutes later, the vehicle left and when the detective checked the parking lot, he saw that the rear window of a white vehicle had been smashed out. The detective immediately contacted assisting units who stopped the suspect vehicle. Farley and Severson were detained and evidence linking them to the burglary of the white car was found in their vehicle. As a result, both were placed into custody and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center for several counts including Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Criminal Damage.

Detectives are currently investigating the likely association these suspects have with the numerous prior burglaries in the area. As a result, detectives are urging anyone with information connecting Farley and Severson to these crimes to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232, or the Sheriff's Office directly at 928-771-3260. Detectives are also hoping to hear from anyone who had direct contact with these suspects regarding property stolen during this burglary series.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov