Jun 29, 2012 9:15 AM by Elaine Sheridan

Arrests made in burglaries in evacuated areas

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with assistance from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Monument Police Department arrested a pair of alleged burglary suspects accused of breaking into a home in an area of the Waldo Canyon fire evacuation zone.

CBI agents, acting on information developed in an unrelated investigation surrounding possible identity theft, arrested 38 year old Belinda Yates and 36 year old Shane Garrett in connection to the burglary of a home in a Colorado Springs subdivision evacuated by local authorities as a result of the Waldo Canyon fire.

Yates and Garrett were also in possession of methamphetamine at the time of their arrests in Monument.

The suspects were taken to the El Paso County Jail where they are being held on a myriad of charges including suspicion of second degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and theft by receiving. Advisement is set for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

CBI agents continue to investigate the case and are coordinating with area law enforcement to determine if other homes may have been targeted by the suspects.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey stated he fully supports the recovery of stolen property and the arrests of alleged offenders who would commit crimes against evacuated residents.

"It's difficult to believe, but disaster situations prompt some would-be criminals to take advantage of the heartbreak facing residents forced to evacuate their homes," said CBI Director Ron Sloan. "Law enforcement takes this seriously and will work together to identify and arrest these individuals."


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