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UPDATE: Snowy Footprints Help Police Catch Garage Burglars

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SPOKANE, Wash. While most of us have been trudging through the Spokane snow this week cold and cranky, the fresh powder is a blessing for at least one family in the Manito neighborhood as it helped police catch the two men who are charged with burglarizing their garage.

Juliet and Michael Barenti were awoken to their dog barking early Tuesday morning at their home on West 23rd.

“He'll bark at raccoons and the mailman, but there's usually not anything to bark at around 1:30 in the morning," Juliet told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts. “My husband got up and looked out the window and saw the two guys running down our driveway and down the street."

Turns out, their garage had been broken into and cash, CD’s and Juliet’s wallet was taken.

Police quickly arrived with a K-9 and tracked the snowy footprints until they saw a car driving away with two people inside who matched the description given by witnesses. Darren Bard, 19, and Nicholas Whitney, 20, were arrested on two counts of second-degree burglary after another neighbor said her garage had been broken into as well.

Police believe the pair may be behind other burglaries on the street, and are asking residents in the area to call Crime Check at 456-2233 if they have been targeted.


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