Two cousins are in jail after the public identified them as the burglars who broke into a house where a young girl was home alone.
The homeowner posted video surveillance footage of the two on the Facebook page “To catch a thief” and numerous people identified them as Tyler L. Herrell, 24, and Justin B. Eldred, 26.
Eldred told police that he had no idea they were stealing anything and said Herrell had told him the home belonged to a cousin and he just needed to pick up a few things, according to court documents. Three guitars and a laptop were stolen from the home.
Eldred was arrested in Colville and was booked into the Spokane County Jail on Nov. 26 on suspicion of burglary and theft.
Herrell reportedly admitted to the burglary as well as to several other burglaries in Spokane and Deer Park, according to court documents. He told police he stole things to pay for his heroin addiction and drove around with investigators to point out the homes he had robbed, court documents state.
He was arrested on Nov. 26 on suspicion of burglary and trafficking in stolen property. This week 13 new charges were added, including multiple counts of burglary, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of firearm.
Police have been able to recover most of the property Herrell admitted stealing.
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