Off duty detective helps nab Cricket burglar - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Off duty detective helps nab Cricket burglar

















(The suspect, identified as 46-year-old Ronald Roberts, was caught
on camera running from the Cricket Store empty handed)


SPOKANE, Wash. - A 46-year-old Spokane man was arrested on burglary charges early Sunday morning after an off duty Spokane Police detective saw him running from a north Spokane business.

The detective was headed home when he saw the suspect, who has since been identified as Ronald Roberts, running alongside a strip mall on Northwest Boulevard.

He stopped to check out the scene and wrote down Roberts' license plate before he was able to get away.

The detective remained to check out the businesses and noticed the Cricket Store had it's front door knocked out.

The detective then called in Roberts' license plate number.

Meanwhile, the owner of the Cricket store, Steve McKee, gave police surveillance footage that showed a man throwing a rock into the store and running over to a locked display case where he tried to remove a laptop computer. The video shows the man eventually giving up and leaving empty handed.

Police compared the suspect on the surveillance video to the registered owner of the license plate number and hours later patrol officers located the car and Roberts.

Roberts was wearing the same clothes as the suspect caught on camera and had safety glass falling out of his cuffed jeans.

Police arrested him for second degree burglary and credit the detective's work for putting Roberts behind bars.

This is the second time McKee has had one of his Cricket stores broken into in the last year.  

He says police work like the detective's makes him feel safe and secure.

"They're doing they're job even when they're not working," said McKee.

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