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2 Convicted In Burglaries During Waldo Canyon Fire

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Belinda Wells-Yates and Shane Garrett were arrested in June 2012 in connection with the burglary of a home in a Colorado Springs subdivision that had been evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. The pair was also in possession of methamphetamine at the time they were arrested. (credit: El Paso County Sheriff)

Belinda Wells-Yates and Shane Garrett were arrested in June 2012 in connection with the burglary of a home in a Colorado Springs subdivision that had been evacuated due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. The pair was also in possession of methamphetamine at the time they were arrested. (credit: El Paso County Sheriff)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Jurors in Colorado Springs have convicted two people accused of looting a home evacuated by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last summer.

Belinda Wells-Yates and Shane Garrett were convicted Tuesday of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, theft, identity theft and methamphetamine possession.

Prosecutors say electronics, musical equipment, jewelry, a checkbook and keys to a warehouse were taken from a home evacuated during the Waldo Canyon Fire. Investigators say Wells-Yates and Garrett were arrested after they tried to sell stolen items to the undercover officer. Defense lawyers suggested others had stolen the goods.

The wildfire left two people dead and damaged or destroyed 359 homes.

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