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Family describes suspected burglar's arrest with one word: 'Relief'

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Two suspected burglars targeted homes in the Green Bluff neighborhood Two suspected burglars targeted homes in the Green Bluff neighborhood
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -
A month and half long investigation paid off for Spokane County detectives, who on Thursday officially charged two men in connection to more than 40 residential burglaries in north Spokane County.

21-year-old Trever J. Burzic and 21-year-old Damian A. Zowal had been arrested on September 5, and booked into jail while the investigation continued. Burzic and Zowal told detectives they had committed between 10 and 20 burglaries. However on Thursday they were charged with more than 200 felonies, including Burglary, Theft of Firearms, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, Theft, Trafficking Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

While investigating the burglaries detectives noticed a pattern of item being stolen that included firearms, prescription medications, jewelry and money.

Since their arrest, the Sheriff's Office said they have noticed a significant drop in burglary reports in the north Spokane area. By significant, the sheriff's office said burglaries are down 25%, which is huge considering just two men were arrested. One of the areas where detectives believe the two operated was in the Green Bluff neighborhood.

We spoke with Burzic's uncle who had one word to describe the feeling he had upon hearing his troubled nephew would be facing these charges: "Relief." Mike Parker said his nephew has been in and out of trouble for years. "It's nothing but a relief," Parker said. "I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders now."

Both Burzic and Zowal said the burglaries were fueled by their addiction to painkiller Oxycontin. Detectives noted that many of the items stolen could be quickly traded for cash or drugs. In a news conference Thursday, Sheriff's Lieutenant Mike Knowles said, "these were dangerous young men who were doing this because of an addiction to Oxycontin."

Lt. Knowles went on to say that during questioning both men said they were armed during most of the burglaries. They also said, had they happened upon a homeowner who was also armed, they were 'ready to deal with it.' "It's important that we keep these young men in custody," Knowles said. "Simply for the fact that they are a danger to the Spokane community."

For Mike Parker, his nephew's arrest couldn't have come soon enough. "Things can be replaced, but lives can't," Parker said. "At least they got him off the streets before somebody got killed."
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