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Neighbor’s Call Helps Catch Burglar

Posted 11/6/2012 1:21 PM by MDGREGORY

On Friday November 3rd 2012 at approximately 1:25 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to a possible prowler call in the 11200 block of East Aloha Court in Spokane Valley. A neighbor in the area who had reported being a victim of a recent burglary stated he observed a male walking around a house looking in the windows and continued into the backyard of the residence.

Deputy Walker arrived at the location, contacting the witness and began checking for the male. He found an unlocked door and no one appeared to be home at the residence. Deputy Dodge arrived to assist in the search but the male couldn’t be located.

The deputies began checking the surrounding area and another neighbor contacted Deputy Walker. He told him he just observed the possible suspect in the backyard of the residence. Deputy Walker ran to the backyard and observed the suspect going over the fence. Additional deputies responded to the area to assist.

Deputies located the suspect, 21-year-old Michael G. Mendez, several minutes later. During the investigation, it appears Mendez may have been inside the residence next door while deputies checked the initial location. Witnesses observed Mendez place some property under a deck in the backyard of a residence as he tried to run and hide from deputies. The property was recovered and believed to have been stolen from the second residence.

Mendez was transported to the Spokane County Jail where he was booked for felony Residential Burglary, 3 misdemeanor charges for Criminal Trespass and a misdemeanor of Obstructing a Peace Officer.