Convicted Burglars Of Evacuated Waldo Canyon Fire Homes Sentenced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)– Two people convicted of looting a home evacuated by the Waldo Canyon wildfire last summer were sentenced Wednesday.

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

Garrett was sentenced to 48 years in prison. Wells-Yates was sentenced to 72 years in prison.

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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