Local Authorities: Hico Burglars Busted - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Authorities: Hico Burglars Busted

SPOKANE, Wash. -  A multi-agency law enforcement effort early Wednesday resulted in the capture and arrest of two suspects who broke into the Barker Road Hico convenience store and made off with cigarettes and small amounts of cash and coins from the tills.

Spokane Valley police were dispatched to the store after an alarm was received about 35 minutes after midnight. While still on the way, they learned that a delivery man had seen a white van parked in front of the store and that he had followed it until it turned eastbound on Broadway.

Liberty Lake Police Officer Taj Wilkerson spotted the van and pursued it.  During the chase, a passenger later identified as 30-year-old Cullen Joe Gibson, jumped out and ran from the van.

The van took off again, but blew a tire and crashed in Liberty Lake.  The driver, 29-year-old Michael Lee Yamaguchi, ran and hid in a nearby housing area. He was tracked by Spokane Police K-9 Officer Paul Gorman and his partner "Maximus," and arrested by SVPD Officer Mark Brownell.

Officers seized the van for a search warrant later Wednesday, but could see a cash drawer and spilled rolls of coins on the floor of the vehicle.

Both Gibson and Yamaguchi were booked into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of Second-Degree Burglary.  Yamauchi was also booked for Attempting to Elude a Police Vehicle, and Gibson for an outstanding misdemeanor theft warrant.

Yamaguchi was arrested for several counts of burglary last February, and had a pair of burglary convictions in 2006.

 

 

 

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