Thu, Dec. 05

Sheriff's Office seeks public's help in identifying suspect in trailhead auto burglaries

The missing suspect was reportedly with this woman, Meissa L. Lomeli, who is already in custody.

The missing suspect was reportedly with this woman, Meissa L. Lomeli, who is already in custody.

CORNVILLE -- Yavapai County Sheriff's detectives are seeking to identify a second suspect in several car burglary cases June 6 at Mormon Crossing in Cornville.

The woman being sought (see photograph) is described as a white woman with blonde hair, weighing 200-220 pounds, and standing about 5-6 to 5-8.

The woman was seen in surveillance photos taken June 9 in the Sedona area. She was with suspect Meissa L. Lomeli, who is already in custody.

If anyone has information regarding the suspect's identity, please call Detective Todd Swaim at 928-554-8605 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

At the time of the June 6 burglary, two women had parked their cars at the Mormon Crossing parking area to access the Oak Creek. When they returned, both women found that their purses and wallets had been stolen. Although there were no signs of forced entry, the victims told deputies the vehicles had been locked.

One victim called her credit card company and learned the thieves had already used her card twice at a Sedona gas station-convenience store. A deputy went to the location and confirmed the purchase of beer, cigarettes and gasoline with the stolen credit card. The deputy obtained photographs of the two suspects from the surveillance video and sent this information to area law enforcement agencies.

One week later, on June 13, a detective from Cottonwood Police contacted YCSO detectives and provided information regarding the arrest of a woman who appeared to match one of the suspects in the surveillance photos. The Cottonwood PD arrest was unrelated to the sheriff's investigation. The YCSO detective contacted 26-year-old Meissa Lomeli of Cottonwood and immediately identified her as one of the suspects. A vehicle that Cottonwood Police seized in their case also matched the description of the vehicle at the Sedona convenience store - a dark colored SUV.

Lomeli denied participating in the burglaries or being present and purchasing items at the Sedona gas station when questioned. However, after seeing photos of herself, she refused to discuss the case further or identify her accomplice. During additional follow-up, detectives found a receipt for a $1,100 bank check in Lomeli's vehicle and discovered the check was stolen and cashed using the victim's identity.

Lomeli was additionally charged with burglary, theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card and criminal impersonation and she remains held in the Camp Verde jail held on a total bond of $12,500.

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