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Spokane deputies: Vehicle prowling report leads to burglary arrest

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Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies responding to a call of a possible vehicle prowler ended up spotting the suspect as she ran from a house.

It happened just before 10 p.m. on Sunday night. Deputy Phil Pfeifer and Deputy Amber Tyler responded to the 19600 block of E. Wellesley for a reported prowler. The caller reported the suspicious person appeared high and was on foot with a dog.

The deputies began searching the mobile home park for the suspect but were not successful. A few minutes later the same caller called back to report the person appeared to be hiding next to one of the mobile homes.

Deputy Pfeifer went back into the mobile home park and spotted a woman, later identified as 35-year-old Ann B. Sinclair, running from the side yard of the residence. Deputy Pfeifer got out of his car to talk to Sinclair when he heard a man yell, "I'm going to (expletive) kill you!" and saw a man armed with a baseball bat running toward him from the home Sinclair had just run from. When the man noticed the deputy, he immediately dropped the bat and told the deputy Sinclair was just in his house.

The deputies learned the man woke up after hearing a noise in his house. He got up and found Sinclair standing in his kitchen looking out the window. When he yelled, Sinclair took off running out the front door. The man told deputies he did not know Sinclair and thought she entered the home through an unlocked door.

After being read her rights, Sinclair told the deputies she was homeless and roaming around Spokane with her dog. She ended up in the victim's backyard. At first she told deputies she went into the victim's house to get a glass of water, but then changed her story and told the deputies she was in the backyard when her dog jumped into the house through an open window, and she only went inside to get her dog.

She changed her story a third time, telling the deputies she knew the homeowner from years ago and went inside to say hello, but she couldn't remember the homeowner's name.

Sinclair was arrested and SCRAPS was called to take possession of her dog.

She was booked into the Spokane County Jail for residential burglary.

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