Two Prolific Thieves Arrested On More Than 50 Felony Charges - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Two Prolific Thieves Arrested On More Than 50 Felony Charges

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - On April 13th 2014, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Detective with the Investigative Task Force completed a lengthy investigation in to the criminal activities of 29-year-old Michael W. Belton (AKA Murray) and 37-year-old Aaron J. Cunningham. The crimes committed by Belton and Cunningham totaled 30 separate reported incidents and spanned jurisdictions throughout Spokane County and Kootenai County Idaho.

Upon completion of the investigation, the detective provided enough information to the Spokane County Sheriff’s and Spokane Valley Patrol Deputies showing probable cause to arrest both suspects on more than 50 felony charges.

On May 6th 2014, Belton was arrested at a residence in Spokane Valley. Belton was booked into the Spokane County Jail on 25 felony counts (6 counts of 2nd Degree Identity Theft, 2 counts of Theft of a Firearm, 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and 15 counts of 2nd Degree Theft). Belton is currently being held on $75,000.00 bond for these charges.

On May 7th 2014, Cunningham was arrested at a residence in North Spokane. Cunningham was booked into the Spokane County Jail on 29 felony counts (8 counts of 2nd Degree Identity Theft, 16 counts of 2nd Degree Theft , 1 count of Unlawful Possession of Payment Instrument, 2 counts of Theft of Firearm, and 2 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the 1st Degree). Cunningham is currently being held on $100,000.00 bond.

Due to this initial investigation of Belton and Cunningham, another investigation was initiated into further criminal activities committed by the two and additional charges are expected.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    PHOTOS: Harvest 2014

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:18 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:18:43 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the great parts about living in Spokane, is if you head out of town in any direction, you're going to run into some beautiful farm land. I grew up south of Spokane, near Plaza, and one of my favorite things to do was to sit on the porch at night and stare south towards Rosalia at all of the rolling hills of wheat, lentils, barley and peas. >>
  • PHOTOS: Semi-truck rolls on its side in Post Falls

    PHOTOS: Semi-truck rolls on its side in Post Falls

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:45:02 GMT
    POST FALLS, Idaho -Idaho State Police were called to the area of Pleasant View Road off of I-90 on Thursday.>>
    POST FALLS, Idaho -Idaho State Police were called to the area of Pleasant View Road off of I-90 on Thursday. The truck was blocking multiple lanes of traffic, and it is unknown if anyone was hurt during the crash. However, a witness to the crash told KHQ it appeared that everyone was OK.>>
  • PHOTOS: Do you know who this burglary suspect is?

    PHOTOS: Do you know who this burglary suspect is?

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:25:51 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are asking for you help finding a man they believe broke into a home, stole credit and debit cards, and then used those cards to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of items. >>
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office are asking for you help finding a man they believe broke into a home, stole credit and debit cards, and then used those cards to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of items. >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • BREAKING: Flash floods and mudslides trap people in their cars in Okanogan County

    BREAKING: Flash floods and mudslides trap people in their cars in Okanogan County

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:29 AM EDT2014-08-22 06:29:28 GMT
    Benson Creek FloodingBenson Creek Flooding
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- A Washington state trooper says floods and mud slides triggered by heavy rain on wildfire-burned terrain in north-central Washington have blocked portions of two highways, stranding some motorists.>>
    OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- A Washington state trooper says floods and mud slides triggered by heavy rain on wildfire-burned terrain in north-central Washington have blocked portions of two highways, stranding some motorists.>>
  • UPDATE: Stolen car returned to Gonzaga Prep student; thief remains at large

    UPDATE: Stolen car returned to Gonzaga Prep student; thief remains at large

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:22 AM EDT2014-08-22 06:22:59 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Last Thursday a Gonzaga Prep had her car stolen from the East Central Community Center. Madeline Antcliff had been volunteering at the community center as part of her graduation requirements. She says that last Thursday a woman came into the center and stole her purse..>>
    SPOKANE, Wash.- Last Thursday a Gonzaga Prep had her car stolen from the East Central Community Center. Madeline Antcliff had been volunteering at the community center as part of her graduation requirements. She says that last Thursday a woman came into the center and stole her purse..>>