Unusual Home Burglary Leaves Neighbors In Five Mile On Edge - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Unusual Home Burglary Leaves Neighbors In Five Mile On Edge

SPOKANE, Wash. – A brazen burglary, in a gated community, in the middle of the day.

That's what has neighbors in the Five Mile area so shaken up, and the burglars are still on the loose.

"It's very alarming," said neighbor Marjan Howard.  "Usually nothing happens around here."

But now, there's a heightened sense of danger.

Whoever did it targeted a nice home around 1 p.m. last Friday.  KHQ will not identify the family that was targeted, but the suspects forced their way in through a back door, ransacked the entire home, and got away with some precious jewelry.

"I think people are pretty desperate," added Howard.  "But I wish we could help them in other ways, and not to invade our homes because that's so difficult to deal with."

The suspects were caught on surveillance cameras at the home next door.  They were seen driving a 2010 gray Dodge minivan as they slowly circled the street again and again.

"It looked like they were casing the house, taking a good look, and making sure nobody was home," said neighbor Elizabeth Icenogle.

Icenogle thinks the suspects would have gotten away with more, but the cameras appeared to show a FedEx delivery that may have spooked them.

"It's terrifying honestly, to think that someone has the audacity to rob such a nice and obviously well-guarded house in the middle of the day," she added.

The surveillance video has been handed over to the police, and now a detective has been assigned to the case.  But still, no arrests have been made.

Now, the family that was targeted is left on edge, wondering who broke in.

"I think that's the real crime here," Icenogle said.  "Making some nice people feel like they can't be safe at home."

Spokane Police said this appears to be isolated; there's not a trend of burglaries in the Five Mile area.  But they are happening all over the city.  Just last week, 72 home burglaries were reported in Spokane.

The best way to protect yourself is to know your neighbor, be on the lookout for people or cars that are out of place, and when possible, take pictures of the license plates and give it to police.

 

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