Moments after an eyewitness called 911 with a description and location of the suspect's car, the town of Manlius Police say they arrested a woman in the act of burglarizing a Fayetteville home.
Sarah Lopedito, 22, of 5546 North Burdick St. in Fayetteville, was charged Dec. 15 with five separate counts of burglary that occurred over the past two weeks. Her prior record includes one DWI arrest made approximately two years ago.
The string of daytime burglaries took place in well-established, typically quiet neighborhoods, said Sergeant Kevin Schafer, including the vicinity of Valerie Circle, Washington Boulevard and Palmer Drive. Jewelry and other small-sized valuables were stolen from the unoccupied homes, some of which were unlocked. The burglaries occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. There is no indication Lopedito was working with anyone else, said investigators.
Schafer said Lopedito told investigators she burglarized the homes to support her substance abuse. The 22-year-old is employed, but police would not release the name of her employer due to an ongoing investigation, which may involve additional charges.
The eyewitness, whose name the police would not release, recognized her vehicle, a maroon Toyota Camry, after police interviewed residents living in the affected neighborhoods about a related burglary. The collective information led the person to call 911.