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Spokane Police: Interrupted Burglary Leads To Arrest

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: On Tuesday just before 1:00am Spokane Police patrol officers responded to the 1900 block of west Montgomery on an interrupted home burglary. 

A homeowner came home to a strange bicycle in her yard. She eventually flushed the burglar from her house and gave police a description.  The victim discovered thousands of dollars of property stolen including a handgun. Police searched the area initially but were unable to locate the suspect.

About one hour later, while still checking the area, Ofc B. Palmer saw a male that matched the suspect's description but wearing different clothing. When Ofc Palmer attempted to contact the male, he ran in to a known problem house in the 1800 block of west Chelan. Police eventually detained the male who was identified as 21 year old Christopher M. Smith. Smith had an outstanding felony escape warrant from Western Washington.  

The ensuing investigation led to Smith's arrest for the Montgomery burglary. Patrol officers requested and executed a search warrant of the residence where Smith was arrested and located most of the stolen property from the Montgomery burglary including the victim's handgun.

Smith was booked for his outstanding warrant as well as Burglary 1st degree and 1st degree Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Officers respond to similar calls daily. While property crime investigation is down city wide, it should be noted that patrol officers when time permits, follow up calls as much as possible, especially when there are good investigator leads.

It should also be noted that MOST burglaries in our city occur during daylight hours when people are generally at work. Due to observant and diligent neighbors, officers are able to make similar arrests. 

Please continue to look out for your neighbors and don't hesitate to call police if you see anything or anyone that looks suspicious or out of place. Officers would much rather respond BEFORE a crime has been committed.

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