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Ekko Finds Hiding Prowler

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Friday, November 1st, 2013, Mead High School Resource Deputy Jeff Rogers was contacted by a female student who said she just observed a male suspect inside her boyfriend's vehicle. 

She told Deputy Rogers she had never seen the male before and knew he had broke into her boyfriend's car. She said the suspect was wearing a sweatshirt with a Superman logo on the front and carrying a backpack.  

Deputy Rogers contacted the victim at his vehicle.  He told Deputy Rogers someone had broke into his car and that the suspect walked south through the parking lot towards Hastings. At about that time the principal told Deputy Rogers a male matching the suspect description jumped over a fence into a yard on Hastings across from the school. 

Several other deputies responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Shortly after the principal saw the suspect jump a fence, Sgt. Jay McNall advised he saw the suspect running through yards near the area of 12220 N. Ruby. Sheriff's K9 Deputy John Cook and his partner Ekko arrived on scene. 

Deputy Cook saw the suspect, later identified as 19-year-old  John Heitman, hide under a table in a backyard of a residence. Heitman refused commands to come out from under the table and Ekko was deployed. Ekko located Heitman under the table and he was taken into custody. Heitman told Deputy Rogers that he was able to break into the victim's vehicle using a shaved key. 

Heitman said he had come from the Valley and had broke into two vehicles earlier in the morning before taking the bus to the north side. He said he smokes $300.00 of methamphetamine every other day and steals to support his habit.

Heitman was booked into jail for Possession of Burglary Tools, Possession of Stolen Property, Resisting Arrest and two unrelated felony warrants.

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