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Local Thieves Charged With More Than 50 Felonies

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection to 30 separate theft cases. The men each had an extensive criminal history but were in and out of jail without serving much time for their past crimes. 

Authorities said 29-year-old Michael Belton, also known as Michael Murray, and 37-year-old Aaron Cunningham were arrested on more than 50 felony charges. Authorities said their crimes were committed throughout Spokane County and Kootenai County, Idaho.

Police had previously arrested the two men in March in connection to a large scale car prowling investigation spanning from Spokane to North Idaho. They spent five days in jail.

Belton was arrested again on May 6 at a home in Spokane Valley. He was booked into jail on 25 felony counts and was being held on a $75,000 bond. The charges included six counts of 2nd Degree Identity Theft, two counts of Theft of a Firearm, two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and 15 counts of 2nd Degree Theft.

Cunningham was arrested at a home in North Spokane. He was booked into jail on 29 felony counts and was being held on $100,000 bond. The charges included eight counts of 2nd Degree Identity Theft, 16 counts of 2nd Degree Theft, Unlawful Possession of Payment Instrument, two counts of Theft of a Firearm and two counts of 1st Degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Belton had been booked into the Spokane County Jail eight times in just one year. Cunningham had been booked twice. That included March 19, 2014 when Cunningham served five days. 

The victim wanted to remain anonymous, but said he was one of dozens of targets that Cunningham and Belton hit over a period of a few months. He said he had a binder full of classified documents inside his truck. 

Cunningham and Belton were arrested shortly after that crime spree in March, but were out of jail just five days later. 

The Sheriff said he thought that mix could be found during a sit-down meeting. 

The Sheriff said he hoped to have that meeting with Spokane judges during the spring. Authorities were still investigating Belton and Cunningham for other criminal activities.    

 

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