Suspects in Hazel Dell burglaries arrested

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Friday morning arrested two men allegedly in connection with two residential burglaries in Hazel Dell.

Around 9:10 a.m., a caller reported someone was breaking into her house on the 10900 block of Northwest 28th Avenue, said Sgt. Alex Schoening with the sheriff’s office.

The woman reported a man was using a ladder to get into the second-story window. She left her home and called 911 with a description of the man.

A deputy arrived in the area and made contact with a suspect at gunpoint, Schoening said. The suspect cooperated with police and was taken into custody.

The homeowner then identified items in the man’s possession as having been stolen from her home. The suspect also admitted to attempting to break into an occupied home up the street, Schoening said.

The man, Colby Newton, 22, of Vancouver was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and residential burglary.

Deputies contacted another man, Bradley Thompson, 22, of Vancouver, who was wandering in the area. He said he was working with Newton, Schoening said.

Thompson was arrested as a suspected accomplice to first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm.