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Burglary suspects take advantage of Yarnell wildfire evacuation

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Dakota Slone and Robert Frost Dakota Slone and Robert Frost
PRESCOTT, Ariz. -

Yavapai County Sheriff's officials arrested two suspects in connection with a burglary that took place following the evacuation of homes during the Yarnell Hill wildfire.

27-year-old Dakota Slone from Yarnell and 22-year-old Robert Frost, a transient, were arrested for several charges.

Authorities say on July 8, YCSO deputies were dispatched to the 16000 block of West Way regarding a burglary report.  The homeowner told deputies that sometime between June 30 and July 8 that suspects entered a bedroom window. Several items were stolen, including firearms, numerous knives, coins and jewelry.

According to the YCSO report, the victim indicated he had seen two suspicious males near his home when the evacuation was just getting underway.  He provided a detailed description of both men.  During the conversation, the deputy recalled seeing the suspicious men while evacuating a neighborhood.  The deputy spoke with them and both claimed to be assisting with the evacuation.

Deputies sent a bulletin to area law enforcement agencies describing the stolen property and on July 10, a Prescott police detective contacted YCSO and advised them about items matching descriptions in the report had been pawned.  The pawn shot in Prescott was located and the customer who pawned the items was identified as Frost.

Deputies recovered the items and confirmed by surveillance video and the pawn store's documentation that both Frost and Sloane were in possession of the stolen property.

Also on July 10, deputies found Slone at a motel. A consent search of the rented room revealed stolen property from the Yarnell home.  He was arrested an denied involvement, but later admitted to the crime after learning about the evidence.  Later, Frost arrived at the motel and was also arrested.  He also denied involvement until learning about the evidence collected.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing as detectives are in the process of locating the firearms and additional property.

Frost and Slone were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.  They face burglary, theft and trafficking of stolen property charges.  Bond for Slone is $15,000. Bond for Frost has not been set.

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