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Spokane Valley Homeowner Catches Burglar

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE VALLEY POLICE DEPT: On October 31st, 2013, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 12900 block of East Cataldo on a Residential Burglary call. Deputies contacted the complainant behind his residence who had 19-year-old Preston Fitzgerald-Butcher detained.  

The complainant told deputies at about 9:20 p.m. he was watching tv in the living room when he heard the rear, unlocked sliding door open. He walked out to the kitchen and saw a blue piece of clothing run out the kitchen and exit the rear, slider door. 

He said he chased two subjects through two yards when he saw then try to hide under a truck.  He said he tried to get them out from under the truck when one suspect ran from under the front of the truck. He was able to detain Butcher until law enforcement arrived.

Butcher admitted to deputies that he and his friend did enter the residence through the back slider. He said they were in the residence looking to steal cigarettes and admitted it was "stupid."  At this time it is unknown who the second suspect was.  

Fitzgerald-Butcher was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charge of Residential Burglary.

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