Tuesday, June 27, 2017 This Week's Paper

Crime Stoppers: Tacoma burglars captured

If you are like me, you really hate home burglars. They violate your sense of security and it’s creepy knowing someone was in your house. That’s why it’s great news that two burglary suspects accused of breaking into a house on Vickery Avenue East in Tacoma and stealing a large television on Oct. 14 have been identified and charged in the crime.

After surveillance photos from the victim’s home were featured on Washington’s Most Wanted and shared from the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers Facebook page, detectives received more than 25 tips naming the suspects as Eric Weller and Brian Beckett. Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer says, “Eric Weller was named as the suspect in the Seahawks shirt, Brian Beckett was named as the suspect wearing the black sweatshirt with the stars on the chest.”

Beckett was arrested shortly after the burglary by the Puyallup Police Department for a probation violation, reckless driving, obstructing law enforcement and failure to remain at an accident. When he was booked into jail, deputies learned he was wearing what appears to be the same sweatshirt seen in the burglary video. He has been charged with Residential Burglary and is currently in the Pierce County Jail.

Det. Troyer says forensics investigators have matched a fingerprint from the crime scene to Weller. He is not in custody but has been charged with the burglary as well. A summons has been issued for him to appear in court on Nov. 22. If he does not appear, a warrant will be issued for his arrest and he will be featured as a fugitive on Washington’s Most Wanted.