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2 arrested for New Year's burglary

POST FALLS, Idaho - Three cross country skiiers returned to the trail head at Lookout Pass to find their car had been broken into on New Year's Eve around 2 pm.

Kootenai County Sherriff's Office Deputies responded to reports of multiple windows being broken and several items stolen from the vehicle, including backpacks and credit cards.

Officials were able to view video footage of the suspects using the stolen credit cards at both Walmart and Cabela's in Post Falls. They were also able to get the suspect's vehicle description.

Jacob M. Shields, 32, of Rathdrum, was later identified as a possible suspect, along with Justin Radford, 35, of Spokane Valley. Officials found the stolen backpacks in Shields' truck. Shields was arrested for an outstanding theft warrant and was also charged with two counts of burglary, possession of stolen financial transaction cards, and criminal use of financial transaction cards. Similar charges have been requested for Radford.

The Kootenai County Sherriff's Office urges people to secure their personal property when using recreational areas as best they can by hiding it out of sight, and by keeping valuables like your I.D. and credit cards with you when you leave.


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