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Woman Who Calls Crime Check Foils Burglary, Suspects Booked & Jailed

OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE: In a scenario that would warm the heart of any Neighborhood Watch captain, an alert resident informed Crime Check of suspicious circumstances early Monday and prompted the ultimate arrest of two Spokane County burglars.

The incident began about 1:30 a.m. when a woman reported a suspicious vehicle parked in the area of Marc Drive and Pinecrest in North Spokane County. She told Crime Check that two men had skulked away from the car and into the dark.

Deputies David Westlake and Thad Schultz responded and found the car empty. While Schultz eyed it from afar, Westlake went lurking in the nearby forest shadows. Not long after, he discerned the rattle of a chain link fence and turned to see a man walking away from a tree near the fence line.

He alerted Schultz who detained the man and a second suspect not far from the suspicious vehicle.

Westlake joined the trio and identified the man who had scaled the fence as 35-year-old Brian Keith Belton. Schultz said that he'd seen Belton throw something toward a nearby yard and the deputies found a walkie-talkie radio there.

Returning to the fence Westlake found a suitcase leaning against the tree. It contained unopened mail delivered to a nearby residence. Checking the home the deputy found a screen on a lower window cut and the pane smashed and removed.

The two deputies made a protective sweep of the interior and found it devoid of both residents and additional miscreants. They noted that many areas inside the abode had been ransacked.

Additional interviews with Belton and his accomplice, 44-year-old Tracy K. Whiting, revealed that Belton had burgled the home white Whiting waited outside, alert for prying eyes.

Westlake contacted a nearby resident who asserted familiarity with the residence and its owners and stated that no one should be inside.

The deputy drove both malefactors to the Spokane County Jail where an alert corrections deputy discovered a small quantity of methamphetamine inside Belton's footwear.

Belton was booked on a felony count of Possession of Controlled Substance, and both men were booked for Second-Degree Burglary.

 

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