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Spokane police officer stumbles across early morning burglary in progress upon returning home from work

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two suspects are in custody after a Spokane Police officer who was returning home Thursday in the early morning hours after getting off duty happened to stumble across a burglary in progress. Sergeant Brian Eckersley interrupted the burglary just after 3:00am near Five Mile Rd. and Jillian. Eckersley observed a suspicious vehicle with occupants gathering items from a residence. When he attempted to stop them, the vehicle immediately took off. 

Spokane Police officer quickly responded and positioned themselves on all escape routes off Five Mile Prairie. The suspect's vehicle was discovered abandoned near Austin Rd. and Qualmish. 

K9 units were called in and eventually located Jason W. Gilmore, 46, who has an extensive local criminal history and is listed as a Repeat Offender (ROP) with 13 previous felony convictions. The tread on the shoes he was wearing matched those found at the scene of the burglary. He was booked into jail for Residential Burglary, Attempting to Elude Police, Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine, and an unrelated felony Department of Corrections warrant. 

Steven G. Kittelson, 45, was also taken into custody and booked for Residential Burglary and several other unrelated misdemeanor warrants. Kittelson was spotted apart from Gilmore, walking along the road, covered in snow from head to toe. An officer leaving the area noticed him and thought all the snow was odd as it was not snowing at the time. That officer used photos of the footprints from the scene of the burglary to confirm Kittelson was the second suspect. 

Both Gilmore and Kittelson will appear in court Thursday at 1:30.

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