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Homeowner Catches Burglar In Kitchen Window

Posted 10/30/2012 11:55 AM by KWESTBERG

On Sunday morning, October 28, 2012, at 2:00 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputy L. Petersen was dispatched to the 17200 block of East Cataldo Ave. to a residential burglary call. Deputy Petersen contacted the victim who told him she had been sleeping and heard a loud noise in her kitchen. When she walked into her kitchen to check, she found 27-year-old Travis Benefiel trying to climb through her kitchen window.

The victim yelled at Benefiel causing him to fall out of the window. Benefiel grabbed a coffee pot in an attempt to catch himself. The pot shattered outside the kitchen window and Benefiel ran from the scene.

Deputies were not able to locate Benefiel in the area. However, at about 3:00 a.m. a resident near the 18100 block of East Mission Ave. called and said there was an intoxicated male in his shed. Deputy Petersen and Deputy D. Lawhorn responded and located who they believed was Benefiel based on the victims earlier description. The original victim responded to the scene and positively identified Benefiel as the person trying to break into her house.

• Benefiel was booked into the Spokane County Jail on one count of Residential Burglary and one count of Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree.