Spokane Police Arrest Man Stealing Presents From Homes
Spokane Police Department Press Release:
Friday afternoon, SPD Corporal Kevin Keller
arrested Kyle P. Murphy, 26, for breaking into several South Hill homes and
stealing presents from under Christmas Trees. Murphy was booked into the
Spokane County Jail. Officers have not located all of the stolen property
Friday, Spokane Police received a call from an alert neighbor
living in the 2800 block of S. Manito Blvd. Around 12:30pm, a man
reported seeing a suspicious looking male "possibly casing houses". Cpl. Keller
quickly responded to the area - just in time to see the suspect in the backyard
of a residence. The back gate was open and Cpl. Keller found the back door
glass broken out. Additional officers assisted Cpl. Keller in detaining Murphy
as he came out the back door, carrying a pack full of goods.
The homeowner was able to identify the items as stolen from inside his home.
Other items were unwrapped Christmas presents from recent area burglaries.
Three other victims reported their homes had been broken into that morning on
West 13th Avenue. Officers were able to match Murphy's footprints to the other
Officers booked Murphy into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burlgary.
Murphy has an extensive burglary record locally and was just released from
prison, where he was sentenced on a burglary conviction. In addition to the new
burglary charge, Department of Corrections had a warrant for Murphy's arrest –
for burglary. Detectives will continue the burglary investigations and Murphy
may be facing additional charges.
As the holiday season approaches, we encourage neighborhoods to be ever
diligent in reporting unusual and suspicious activity. Residents are reminded
that while Spokane Police continues to target offenders in order to reduce crime
and violence in our community, citizens can enhance their safety by taking a few
extra precautions. Citizens are reminded to keep their doors and windows
locked, valuables locked in a secure area, and notify neighbors if you will be
out of town. Call police immediately if a crime has been committed.
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