Sedona AZ (July 24, 2012) – In March of this year, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a residential burglary on Yucca Drive, off Arizona State Highway 89a, in Sedona.
It appeared unknown suspect(s) had forced open a rear sliding door to enter the victim’s home. Suspect(s) stole vintage jewelry pieces from the victim’s bedroom while she was away for only two hours. Deputies and detectives canvassed the neighborhood for witnesses and examined the scene for evidence. No immediate suspect information was obtained at the time.
In May of 2012, 51-year-old Lorie Frontuto was arrested for burglarizing a home in Cottonwood, Arizona. A media release documenting the incident, including a booking photo, was issued and published in area newspapers. One of the victim’s alert neighbors recognized the photo of Frontuto and thought it was likely the same person he saw in the victim’s driveway the day of the burglary.
YCSO detectives contacted the witness and confirmed by way of a photo line-up interview that Frontuto was in fact the suspect he saw. Detectives also obtained a vehicle description from the witness which matched a vehicle owned by Frontuto.
During follow-up on Frontuto’s prior case, detectives had already recovered apparent stolen property from her residence. Many of the items, including jewelry, had not been identified. The victim was given an opportunity to review photos of the evidence and immediately identified several pieces which belonged to her.
On June 20, 2012, Frontuto, still in-custody, was charged with Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Trespass for this case. She remains in-custody with a total combined bond of $60,000.
Detectives have spent additional weeks in follow-up and continue to review evidence and leads which could link Frontuto to additional burglaries.
If you have further information regarding Frontuto, contact Detective Todd Swaim at 928-567-7710.