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Valley Homeowner Detains Would Be Burglar

Posted 6/20/2013 12:20 PM by MDGREGORY

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 9:15 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to a person with a weapon call near the area of 13600 E. 20th Ave. Deputies arrived on scene and found the victim homeowner detaining the suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Kevin Neu, at gunpoint in his neighbor's yard.

The victim told deputies that over the pas...t three months his property has been burglarized three times. Copper wire, aluminum wheels and a motorcycle have been stolen from his property. Today he said he saw Neu walk to the east side of his shop, had no idea who he was, and figured it was the same person that had burglarized him over the past three months.

The victim armed himself with a shotgun, walked around the rear of his shop and caught Neu rummaging through scrap material the victim uses for his excavating business. Neu was very surprised; according to statements he made to the victim, and followed his commands to lie on the ground. The victim ordered Neu to his neighbor's yard and requested that his neighbor call 911. Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies were on scene in less than five minutes and had Neu in custody.

Neu had keys to a van parked near the victim's residence that had been stolen in the Newman Lake area yesterday. There were at least six vehicle prowl and residential burglary calls reported in the Newman Lake area yesterday and the van was stolen during Neu's apparent crime spree. Deputies saw multiple items inside the stolen van that are assumed were stolen during Monday's crime spree in Newman Lake.

Neu has been charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Criminal Trespass. Detectives will be contacting victims from yesterday’s incidents in Newman Lake to see if any of the property in the van belongs to them. Additional charges are fully expected.