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Sheriff Knezovich takes vested interest in burglary case

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Trever Burzic sits in court, where he is accused of more than 100 felonies Trever Burzic sits in court, where he is accused of more than 100 felonies
Sheriff Knezovich sits in the back of court during Trever Burzic's first appearance Sheriff Knezovich sits in the back of court during Trever Burzic's first appearance
SPOKANE, Wash. - Sitting quietly in the back of a courtroom Friday afternoon, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich watched at 21-year-old Trever Burzic made his first appearance in front of a judge. Burzic and Damian Zowal, also 21, are believed to be responsible for dozens of burglaries in north Spokane County over the past few months. Sheriff's detectives say the two may be responsible for more than $100,000 in lost property. They believe the crime spree was fueled by an addiction to narcotic painkiller OxyContin.  

Sheriff Knezovich has decided to take the unprecedented step of personally following this case from start to finish. "These type of prolific criminals need to be held accountable," the sheriff said in a news conference Thursday. "We have a property crime issue in this county because we don't hold property crimes suspects accountable for their actions."

In that same news conference deputies also pointed out that even though no one was hurt during this spree, it could have easily happened. Lt. Mike Knowles said Burzic and Zowal admitted to being armed during a number of the robberies, and when asked what would have happened if they'd come upon a homeowner said they would "deal with it."

"I'm going to be watching this case," Sheriff Knezovich said, "watching to see how it moves through our system. Because these are the type of individuals that need to be taken off our streets for quite a while."

Burzic was ordered held in jail on a $250,000 bond. His arraignment is set for the end of October. Damian Zowal has not yet made his initial court appearance.


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