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Observant citizen leads deputies to burglary arrest

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Due to the tip reported by this observant citizen, this incident was concluded with the arrest of the suspect instead of the deputies responding to take a report of a burglary. Due to the tip reported by this observant citizen, this incident was concluded with the arrest of the suspect instead of the deputies responding to take a report of a burglary.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - One man was arrested over the weekend after a neighbor noticed some suspicious activity at a Spokane Valley home. 


Two deputies responded to a home on E. Broadway in between Pines and McDonald on Sunday after a citizen noticed two men inside the home that weren't supposed to be there. When deputies arrived they saw a juvenile boy standing in the living room, who waved at them. One of the deputies continued around to the back of the house and noticed a broken window. 


After returning to the front of the house, the deputies noticed a man and the same boy they saw in the living room walking across the street carrying a box. 


When questioned, the man, identified as 49-year-old Jesse D. Montoya, denied being in the home, even though the box he was carrying had the address to the home written on it. When this was pointed out by deputies, Montoya claimed the box was given to him by a guy down the street. It was at this time that Montoya was placed in handcuffs and searched, where deputies found nine credit/debit cards and an expired Washington driver's license that did not belong to Montoya. Montoya told deputies he bought the cards from a guy on Craigslist. He also changed his story about the box he was carrying and said his friend "Mike Seymore" sold it to him. Montoya also continued to deny ever being inside the burglarized home, however the juvenile Montoya was traveling with openly admitted they had both been inside the home. 


The owner of the home and the credit/debit cards were contacted and both said they did not know Montoya. 


Montoya was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail for Residential Burglary and nine counts of Theft. 


The juvenile was not arrested due to his age. 


The Sheriff's Department wants to emphasize this arrest was made possible by an observant citizen who saw something out of the ordinary and reported it. If you see something, say something. You can report suspicious activity to Crime Check at 456-2233. 




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