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Gazette Premium Content WALDO CANYON FIRE: 2 people arrested, suspected of looting

KRISTINA IODICE Updated: June 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

Two people were arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a Colorado Springs home in the Waldo Canyon fire evacuation zone, authorities announced Thursday.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and Monument Police Department arrested the suspects Wednesday evening, acting on information developed in an unrelated investigation of possible identity theft. The two also had methamphetamine when they were arrested in Monument, authorities said.

Belinda Yates, 38, and Shane Garrett, 36, were taken to the El Paso County Jail and held on suspicion of second degree burglary, possession of a controlled substance, theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

CBI agents are investigating and working with area law enforcement to determine if other homes may have been targeted by the suspects.

“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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