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Thieves Caught On Tape

Posted 10/3/2012 2:30 PM by KWESTBERG

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy J. Karnitz responded to the 16200 block of East Sprague Avenue to a burglary call. Deputy Karnitz was advised that about fifteen-minutes prior, 6:15 p.m., the homeowner caught two suspects inside his residence.

The homeowner told Deputy Karnitz he has two rental houses on the same property. A renter from the second property contacted the homeowner and told him there were two people in the second home, which is being renovated. The homeowner told Deputy Karnitz when he arrived at the house, he saw a black Chevy Blazer backed up to the residence. It was at that time two male suspects ran out of the house into the blazer. The homeowner was able to record video of the blazer with his phone before it drove off. The homeowner estimated total damage and stolen items near $1,000.00 from this incident. The homeowner also told Deputy Karnitz the driver was a white male, in his mid-thirties and wore a beard. He said the second male was clean shaven and had heavily tattooed arms.

Deputy Karnitz was able to see the front license plate from the video. The vehicle was registered to 35-year-old Kevin Vickers, whose driving status is suspended in Washington State. He was also able to see the word "Trust Jesus" and a "Rock 94.5" sticker on the back of the blazer.

At about 12:35 a.m. that evening, Deputy Karnitz was driving near the area of Pines and Mansfield when he saw the blazer parked in a 7-11 parking lot. The blazer had matching plates from the victim's video and the two sayings on the back of the vehicle. Deputy Karnitz waited for the vehicle to leave, initiated a traffic stop and placed the driver (Vickers) in custody for Driving While License Suspended. Deputy Karnitz contacted the passenger, identified as 48-year-old Casey Parker, in the back seat of the vehicle. Parker was clean shaven with heavily tattooed arms. Parker denied having been at the victim's residence. Vickers admitted to being there and said Parker told him he was "working" at the house.

• Parker and Vickers were booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charges of Residential Burglary.