Originally Published: July 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Following up on an anonymous tip, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office detectives and deputies apprehended Thomas Adams, 22, during a traffic stop in Prescott as part of an ongoing investigation into a residential burglary that occurred in Yarnell while the town was being evacuated by wildfire.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Adams on July 12; according to a news release from the YCSO on Monday. Authorities said the anonymous tip that led to the recent arrest indicated he was in possession of firearms stolen from an evacuated home in Yarnell.
Adams is known to reside in Yarnell and is believed to be an accomplice of 27-year-old Dakota Slone, from Yarnell, and 22-year-old transient Robert Frost, according to deputies. Both Frost and Slone were arrested July 11 at a motel in Prescott on multiple charges involving the burglary of a Yarnell home. The two were found to be in possession of items taken from the home upon their arrest, authorities said.
At the time of the traffic stop, Adams admitted to possession of a .22 caliber pistol taken from the Yarnell residence. He told deputies Frost gave him the weapon. After obtaining a search warrant for Adams' Yarnell residence, YCSO retrieved the pistol and other stolen property.
Adams was later arrested and booked in to the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of theft and control of stolen property, prohibited possessor in possession of a firearm and trafficking in stolen property.
The owner of the burglarized Yarnell residence told police multiple firearms were stolen from his home. Other stolen items included high quality knives, coins and jewelry. The victim reported to YCSO he observed Frost and Slone near his property during the evacuation of Yarnell by the Yarnell Hill fire.
While investigators know of only the single burglarized residence, they aren't ruling out additional burglarized homes or further suspects, according to YCSO Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
"There is a possibility of additional burglaries. In some cases a theft may have occurred where a home was later destroyed. If we recover unaccounted property we will let Yarnell residents know and they will be able to review those items," D'Evelyn said.
Anyone with information on the burglaries is encouraged to contact YCSO Detective Keith Levin at 928-771-3278.
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