Looters found guilty of burglarizing home evacuated during Waldo Canyon Fire
Pair convicted of 2nd-degree burglary and ID theft
Last Updated: 106 days ago
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two people have been found guilty of breaking into a home evacuated during the Waldo Canyon fire, according to KRDO-TV.
Shane Garrett, 36, and Belinda Wells-Yates, 38, were convicted on Tuesday of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, theft, identity theft and methamphetamine possession.
The pair broke into the evacuated Colorado Springs home on Allegheny Drive near Mountain Shadows on the same day the Waldo Canyon fire burned several hundred homes, authorities said.
The Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado's most destructive wildfire, erupted on June 23, 2013. As the fire spread, 32,000 Colorado Springs homes were evacuated.
Once the residents had left, Garrett and Wells-Yates crawled into one of the homes through a pet door to avoid setting off the alarm, prosecutors said. A juvenile also participated in the burglary.
The pair stole electronics, musical equipment, jewelry, a checkbook and keys to a warehouse, among other items, prosecutors said. They planned to return later to take a gun collection that was bolted to the wall.
Garrett and Wells-Yates were arrested at the Sundance Mountain Lodge in Monument the next day when they attempted to sell the stolen items to an undercover officer.
Both people were also in possession of burglary tools and methamphetamine when they were arrested, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Wells-Yates has also been connected with several other burglaries of homes and vehicles, authorities said. She planned to target evacuated homes in Woodland Park next.
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