Local detectives: burglary investigation leads to arrests - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local detectives: burglary investigation leads to arrests

SPOKANE, Wash. - Officers responding to a burglary in progress call early Monday ended up arresting the 14 and 15-year-old suspects, recovering the stolen property and seizing an SUV and pistol.

At about 1 a.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2700 block of N. Perrine Court.  The home is a known hangout for gang associates. 

Upon arrival, the adult female living there said she heard noises upstairs from her basement bedroom and went up to check them out.  She saw the teen boys, both of whom she knew as associates of her son, carrying her flat-screen television out of the house.  A laptop left on the couch was also gone.

The 15-year-old son told officers he had been conversing with the suspects on-line and they were intent on stealing a television to trade for marijuana.  He refused to hand over his mother's TV, so the suspects said they would target the clubhouse of a nearby apartment complex.

As officers were investigating the residential burglary, an alarm was received from the apartment complex.  Someone had entered through an unlocked door and knocked a computer screen to the floor.  Nothing appeared to be missing.

Shortly thereafter, Corporal Darin Staley found a white Ford Expedition parked at some apartments in the 700 block of North Argonne.  The two burglary suspects and two other teens were inside.  

All were removed and restrained for questioning.  A loaded .22-caliber pistol was found in the SUV and there was a laptop on the backseat.  The vehicle was seized for further search later Monday.

After questioning the teens, the two named (by the victim) suspects were arrested and booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention on felony counts of Residential Burglary.  Both were runaways.

A third teenager was arrested on a previously issued felony warrant.  The stolen flat-screen television was later found not far from the victim's home, apparently dumped as the two suspects fled the area.

 

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