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Spokane Police: Prolific Burglar Arrested Thanks To Alert Neighbor

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE POLICE DEPT: Spokane Police arrest prolific burglar within 24 hours of his alleged crime thanks to assistance from an alert neighbor and quick response from SPD's Property Crimes Detectives.

On Tuesday about 11:00 am a Spokane resident witnessed a burglary occurring at 7000 Block of North Elgin. The witness called 911 and provided the suspect description as well as the description of a suspicious red Toyota 4Runner. 

That description was broadcast to officers. Det. Crystal Jolley of the Spokane Police Department's Property Crimes Unit heard the broadcast and was aware of a similar vehicle being used in the past by Tyler B Morlan (05/25/1992) during a previous burglary investigation. She responded to his apartment and observed the red 4Runner at Morlan's residence.  Det. Jolley requested patrol officers assistance in stopping the vehicle as it left the apartment complex. Morlan was detained along with two females. 

Spokane Police Department Targeted Crimes Unit (TCU) detectives responded to assist with the investigation.  The Toyota 4Runner was seized pending application for a search warrant.  Property Crimes and TCU detectives later executed a search warrant at 20 Block of W. Columbia and located items stolen in the burglary, including jewelry, a laptop computer and a handgun.  Detectives believe further items stolen in the burglary will be located in the 4Runner. 

Tyler Morlan was booked for Residential Burglary and Possession of Herion. Morlan has been arrested over 6 times since 2007. He has 1 felony and 6 gross misdemeanor convictions. More charges will be forthcoming as the investigation continues. Targeting and arresting individuals like Morlan has been shown to correlate with a decrease in crime,

Police rely heavily on citizens to solve crimes quickly. This case was resolved thanks to the excellent witness descriptions that were provided to law enforcement. Citizens are always encouraged to report any suspicious activity and include descriptive details such as vehicle make/model, plates, clothing, tattoos', etc… as this is a tremendous aid to police.

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