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Homeowner Catches Vehicle Prowlers

Posted 6/14/2012 1:34 PM by KWESTBERG

On Wednesday morning, June 13, 2012, at about 2:30 a.m., a Spokane Valley man heard a noise outside his residence near the 2800 block of South Davis Road. The homeowner looked outside and saw two male subjects standing next to his Subaru Legacy and looking in. One of the subjects was shining a flashlight into his vehicle.

The homeowner opened his front door, the two male subjects heard him come outside and ran westbound from the residence. The homeowner saw the two subjects looking into more vehicles when they stopped running thinking the homeowner stayed at his residence.

The homeowner's wife called 911 and when Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy Dale Wells arrived on scene, they found the car door ajar. The homeowner had locked his vehicle earlier in the evening.

The homeowner showed Deputy Wells the last location he saw the two suspects, which was near the 13500 block of East Redlin Road. Deputy Wells searched inside a fenced yard and found 24-year-old Jacob Mager hiding between two gardens. Additional deputies arrived on scene and took Mager into custody without incident. The second suspect was not located.

After the homeowner positively identified Mager as one of the suspects at his vehicle, he told Deputy Wells he was walking with his friend "Mike" and had no idea "Mike" was prowling vehicles. The homeowner who owned the yard Mager was hiding in told Deputy Wells she wanted to pursue trespass charges against Mager.

Mager was booked into the Spokane County Jail on one county of 2nd Degree Trespass.

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