Observant Citizen Helps Nab Four Burglary Suspects
SPOKANE, Wash. - An alert citizen helped Spokane Police catch a handful of suspected thieves on Saturday. The tip started a chain reaction that eventually led the Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team (PACT) members to several locations where they arrested suspects and recovered stolen property.
Official News Release:
Spokane Police Patrol Anti-Crime Team members arrest 4 suspects in a residential burglary. The incident started on 120311 at 9:00 AM, when an observant citizen called in a suspicious vehicle near Alberta/Francis. He saw one of the suspects taking property from a vehicle to a known drug house. PACT team members watched the residence as a second call came in of a burglary from the 100 block of East Heroy. Officers noticed that the suspect vehicle was registered to the Heroy address. Officers responded to the burglary and determined that the same vehicle they were watching had recently been stolen along with a loaded handgun, 2 televisions, game systems and other property.
The investigation led Officers to 3 more locations where they contacted suspects and recovered stolen property. Officers determined that all 4 adult suspects were involved in the burglary. Entry was made into the residence through an unlocked kitchen window. The suspects unloaded the stolen property at a local motel and then one of them returned to steal the victim's car. The suspects traded stolen property for money and drugs but Officers believe they have recovered most of the stolen items including the handgun.
23-year old Patrick J. Hamilton was booked for 1st degree burglary, Possession of a stolen motor vehicle, Possession of a stolen firearm, Unlawful possession of a firearm, 1st degree trafficking in stolen property, possession of a controlled substance (Meth)
29-year-old Hilary A Knapp was booked for 1st degree burglary, 1st degree trafficking in stolen property and 1st degree possession of stolen property
47-year-old Patrick Seidler was booked for 1st degree burglary and 1st degree possession of stolen property
23-year old David R. Williams was booked for 1st degree burglary
Spokane Police encourage citizens to watch over their neighbors and call in suspicious behavior. There has been an increase in both residential and commercial burglaries. Unlocked doors and windows are a common way suspects gain access to your valuables. Please lock up and keep a watchful eye. The next crime victim could be you or someone you know.
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