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Burglars Excuse, "I Didn't Get In"

Posted 11/15/2012 1:03 PM by KWESTBERG

On Wednesday evening, November 14, 2012, at 10:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a silent alarm at Pattison's North located at 11309 N. Mayfair Road. Although the alarm was silent, audio from inside the business sounded like something being drilled.

Sgt. K. Salas arrived on scene and approached the business. As Sgt. Salas approached the southeast corner of the business he could see a male holding a German Shepherd yelling "get on the ground or I'll shoot".

As Sgt. Salas approached the individual he saw the man, who was the owner of the business, holding a pistol in his hand. Sgt. Salas ordered the owner to drop the gun and control his dog. The owner complied and Sgt. Salas secured the weapon.

The owner told Sgt. Salas he was yelling at a guy that climbed out from under the building holding a chainsaw. He said the man ran to the west of the building and described the suspect, later identified as 41-year-old Joseph Sica, as a male wearing dark clothing and a heavy coat.

While Sgt. Salas and the owner walked around the business other deputies on scene checked the immediate area. One deputy located a truck, registered to Sica, parked in the south end of the parking lot that was still warm to the touch on the front hood.

While searching the area around the business, the owner told Sgt. Salas he heard someone jump a cyclone fence on Falcon Road near the business. After clearing several yards in the area Sgt. Salas turned back towards the business.

As Sgt. Salas and the owner approached the business, a male subject matching Sica's description was walking in the area. Sgt. Salas asked Sica what he was doing and Sica told him he heard a guy yelling and came over to see what was going on.

While speaking with Sica, Sgt. Salas noticed he was sweating profusely even though it was a cold night. He also noticed the knees on Sica's pants were wet as if he had been kneeling on the wet ground.

Due to these circumstances Sgt. Salas detained Sica. The business was cleared with the assistance of a Spokane Police Department K9 unit and Sheriff's Deputies. While searching the business, Sgt. Salas saw a hole cut in the floor with a wide blade cutting tool similar to a chain saw.

Sgt. Salas returned to the patrol vehicle Sica was detained in. The deputy told Sgt. Salas Sica admitted the chain saw belonged to him and that he was there to cut down a tree. Sgt. Salas also noticed sawdust and small woodchips on Sica's clothing.

Based on all the evidence, Sgt. Salas advised Sica he was under arrest for 2nd Degree Burglary. Sica's response was "but I didn't get in".

Deputy G. Pratt transported Sica to the Spokane County Jail. During the booking process Corrections Deputies located a bag of methamphetamine Sica was hiding in his mouth.

• Sica was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the felony charges of 2nd Degree Burglary and Possession of a Controlled Substance, methamphetamine.