Two arrested for allegedly breaking into evacuated Yarnell homePosted: Updated:
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men suspected of stealing from a home that had to be evacuated due to the Yarnell Hill Fire.
According to YCSO, 27-year-old Dakota Slone and 22-year-old Robert Frost were arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on Thursday.
A 3TV crew spoke to Slone at a Red Cross shelter, where neighbors hailed them as heroes for helping people evacuate. Investigators say the two had ulterior motives for wanting their neighbors to leave.
On Monday, a YCSO deputy was called to a Yarnell home in response to a burglary.
The homeowner said sometime between June 30 and July 8 someone had forced their way into his home through a bedroom window.
Several items were stolen, including firearms, high-quality knives, coins, and jewelry.
The homeowner also told the deputy that he had seen two suspicious men in their 20s near his home as the evacuations were beginning.
During their conversation, the deputy recalled seeing two suspicious men in another neighborhood during evacuations. Those men claimed that they were assisting with the evacuations, while one of the men added that he was trying to borrow a car to give his friend a ride to Peeples Valley.
On Tuesday, the owner of a 1994 Geo Metro contacted YCSO deputies to say that he was trying to find his car after loaning it to Slone and Frost. A short time later, the vehicle owner found his car at a Comfort Inn in Prescott.
YCSO said on Wednesday they received word from a Prescott detective that items matching the description from the robbery report had been sold at a pawn shop.
Deputies learned that the man who had pawned the items was Frost, and surveillance footage from the shop confirmed that Slone and Frost were in possession of the stolen items.
On Wednesday, deputies were able to locate Slone at the Comfort Inn. A search of his room was conducted, and a telescope from the Yarnell home was found.
Slone initially denied any involvement, but YCSO said he eventually admitted to his role in the crime. He also helped deputies find several of the stolen items that had been hidden in the woods.
Frost was also arrested when he arrived at the motel room. He too initially denied involvement, but allegedly confessed to stealing items from the home.
Detectives continue to search for several items that were stolen from the home, including the firearms.
Slone and Frost are now facing charges of burglary, theft, and trafficking stolen property.