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Burglar Uses Riding Lawnmower As A Getaway

A Burglar Admitted To Spokane County Deputies To Burglarizing A Home And Using A Riding Mower To As A Getaway. He Ran Out Of Gas. A Burglar Admitted To Spokane County Deputies To Burglarizing A Home And Using A Riding Mower To As A Getaway. He Ran Out Of Gas.
Spokane County Sheriff's Department Press Release:

On Thursday evening, July 5, 2012, Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 5500 block of South Conklin Road in reference to a Residential Burglary call.  The homeowners told deputies they had been at the lake over the fourth and when they returned home Thursday evening had found their home had been burglarized.  Initially the homeowner knew he was missing several firearms, valuable coins and a Craftsman riding lawnmower that was taken from his shop.
 
At about 9:00 a.m. the same morning, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area of Linke and White Road to a report of a suspicious person riding a lawnmower down the road.  It was also reported the suspicious person appeared to be carrying some type of rifle or shotgun.  Sheriff's Deputies were unable to locate the lawnmower in the area of White and Linke Road but did locate an abandoned lawnmower at about 19200 East Belmont Road a short time later.  This was approximately seven miles from the initial report at White and Linke Road.  The lawnmower was impounded for safekeeping since it was not reported stolen.
 
At about 1:30 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies began receiving calls of a suspicious person walking near Belmont and Linke Road, which was where the lawnmower was located.  Sheriff's Deputies located 22 year old Robert Morey sitting on an embankment and spoke with him.  After providing his name to deputies it was confirmed Morey had an outstanding Department of Corrections felony warrant for Escape.
 
Once in custody Morey told deputies he was riding the lawnmower.  Morey said he and his girlfriend had an argument the prior evening and she dropped him off on "some road".  Morey told deputies he saw an open garage door at a house and took the lawnmower, as well as several firearms and coins.  Morey did not have any firearms with him at the time but did show deputies where he threw them off the side of the road.
 
Once deputies realized these were the same items that had been reported stolen in the Residential Burglary later that night, Morey was interviewed in jail.  Morey admitted to stealing a shotgun, rifle and pistol.  Morey told deputies he discarded either the rifle or shotgun on the side of the road because he thought it would be too much weight on the lawnmower.  Morey said he dropped the pistol when he stole the lawnmower out of the garage because he couldn't carry everything.
 
Morey told deputies he took the guns because he was prohibited from having firearms and wanted one.  Morey said he abandoned the lawnmower where deputies located it earlier in the day because he ran out of gas.
 
  • Morey is currently in the Spokane County Jail on multiple charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, 1st Degree Burglary, Theft of a Firearm and 2nd Degree Theft.
 
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